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Apr 30th
2013

Blue Catfish Blues Mean A Fish Rated Green

In the 1970’s/1980’s some humans decided to introduce Blue Catfish into three Virginia Rivers in the Chesapeake Bay region. The bright idea: start a new recreational fishery. The Blue Catfish is a very large [100 lb.] freshwater creature native to the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio rivers. The bright idea–like many other wildlife introductions—was a bad idea.

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Apr 18th
2013

Reopening New England’s Closed Fishing Areas Would Be Bad For Mammals, Too

In the early 1990’s, fisheries managers closed several fishing areas off New England. They closed these areas to help rebuild depleted fish populations of commercially important species of cod, haddock, and flounders. But these closed areas have also provided benefits for other ocean wildlife, like many of the region’s marine mammals– such as harbor porpoises, bottlenose dolphins, the endangered North Atlantic right whale, and endangered humpback whales. [If you are ever in Maine, I highly recommend going whale watching to see these magnificent creatures up close!] Unfortunately, these protections for New England’s marine mammals are now in jeopardy.

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