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    Humpback Whales Take a Bite of the New York Bight
    October 9, 2014 -- The menhaden have returned in numbers that local fishermen say they have never seen before — likely due to the improvement of local water quality. Sieswerda says all the environmental work since the ’70s is finally paying off. There is also a cap in place now on the Atlantic fishery for menhaden, a fish harvested for fertilizer and omega-3 fish oil.
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    Humpback Whales Take a Bite of the New York Bight
    October 9, 2014 -- The menhaden have returned in numbers that local fishermen say they have never seen before — likely due to the improvement of local water quality. Sieswerda says all the environmental work since the ’70s is finally paying off. There is also a cap in place now on the Atlantic fishery for menhaden, a fish harvested for fertilizer and omega-3 fish oil.
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    Demise of Herring in Prince William Sound Still a Mystery
    October 1, 2014 -- Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and millions of dollars in research, marine scientists still have no conclusions about the relationship between that environmental disaster and the demise of Pacific herring in Prince William Sound.
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    NOAA: Army Corps must improve dam to protect fish
    SEATTLE, Wa. -- October 7, 2014 -- Federal fisheries biologists told the Army Corps of Engineers it must improve dam operations on the White River to protect endangered salmon, a report released Tuesday shows.
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    Ocean acidification to cost global economy $1tr by 2100
    October 8, 2014 -- Ocean acidification will cost the world economy over $1tr annually by 2100, according to a UN report released this week. Changing the composition of the world's oceans will undermine a variety of commercial operations, it said.
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GLOUCESTER DAILY TIMES: Core fishing problem still not addressed

November 24, 2014 -- It was certainly good to see the New England Fisheries Management Council vote last week to reject a NOAA move to uniformly and concurrently institute spawning closures in four prime fishing areas that surround Gloucester — and to instead look toward seasonal closures that should at least give Gloucester’s endangered groundfishing fleet some alternatives to stay afloat.