Saving Seafood Analysis: Sylvia Earle Alliance Misleads Public on Habitat Closed Area Changes

WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) March 18, 2013 – After nearly 20 years, there is little evidence that the habitat area closures off the New England coast benefit groundfish stocks. In addition, recent seabed mapping suggests that they are not even in locations best suited for habitat protection. Yet, the Sylvia Earle Alliance’s web-story, “New England Fisheries Face Serious Setbacks (2/27),” misleads readers with the argument that the New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) proposals to change the closures puts New England’s Georges Bank seabed “at risk of serious ecological setback,” when multiple studies prove otherwise. continue

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