Large swaths of New England’s protected waters—a combined area the size of Connecticut— could be reopened for fishing. These protected areas are important to species recovery and have been proven to grow fish population within and outside the protected area.
According to Pew “These closed areas were put in place following widespread overfishing and the collapse of fish populations in the 1990s, and were intended to protect juvenile fish, spawning areas and seafloor habitat. They also provide benefits to other species, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, endangered humpback whales and harbor porpoises.”
Many feel that the species in this region have not fully recovered. Learn more about this issue and help keep these important waters protected by clicking here.
To learn more about overfishing read our past Ocean Watch Essay: Oceans Without Fish?