Ocean River Institute
Ocean River Institute campaign leader

The New England Fishery Management Council is undertaking a public process to improve protection of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for groundfish (cod, haddock, pollock, hake, etc.). As part of this process, the Council voted 12 to 2 to select the Stellwagen Dedicated Habitat Research Area with a Northern Reference Area as a preferred alternative in its Draft Omnibus EFH Amendment 2.

Join with us in clarion calls for 4 alternatives to the Fisheries Council's Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2 in the Gulf of Maine.
◊ Protect deep sea corals;
◊ Protect forage fish, including Atlantic herring, river herring, and shad;
◊ Protect the northern edge of Georges Bank groundfish and scallops;
◊ Create a No Take Zone called the Northern Reference Area, about 1/6 of the Stellwagen Dedicated Habitat Research Area, which lies in about one third of the Western Gulf of Maine Closure Area.

Protecting essential fish habitat is a vital part of maintaining productive and resilient marine ecosystems. This EFH amendment offers New England a long-awaited opportunity to improve its ocean habitat protection.

By listening to and carefully considering information brought forward through the public comment period, more robust and inclusive solutions will be found. We want responsible stewardship for healthier ocean places and 100% sustainably fished fish stocks.

Join with us in speaking out for essential fish habitats in the Gulf of Maine.


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