NRDC Expert Blog

The New England Fishery Council Falls Short

The New England Fishery Management Council today approved a plan to protect the region’s highly-vulnerable and ecologically-important deep-sea coral habitat. While better than nothing, I’m not applauding. Here’s why.

A Decision on the Merits?

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is due this week to submit his report and recommendations on the fate of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine  National Monument, as well as 26 other national monuments (see my blog

Your Marine Monuments Need Your Help!

This is World Oceans Month. Which makes it a particularly opportune time to enjoy and appreciate the ocean, whether it’s boating, angling, or walking along the surf.

NRDC Acts to Defend Atlantic’s First Marine Monument

NRDC is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges the New England marine monument established last September—the first such monument off the continental U.S.

New Safeguards for Old Corals

NOAA Approves Largest Ocean Protection Area in U.S. Atlantic

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency today finalized important protections for more than 38,000 square miles of ancient, fragile deep-sea coral habitat off of our nation’s most populated coastline.

U.S. Retreats on Fish Conservation for 1st Time in 40 Years

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act turned 40 this year.