New England's economy was built on the teeming fishing grounds off its shores, turning the region into an international powerhouse by the eighteenth century. The advance of technology increased the efficiency of fishing operations. Unfortunately, misguided management decisions gave an illusion of prosperity that persisted until recently; as fish dwindled, the dollars kept flowing. Today, over half of the historic fish populations are desperately overfished, a mere shadow of what they were, and the recent decade has witnessed a mass exodus of fishermen from the historic fishing industry.

Fish Market in the NE
Fish Market in the NE
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The Economic Case for a New Approach to Fisheries Management in New England

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New England’s economy was built on the teeming fishing grounds off its shores, turning the region into an international powerhouse by the eighteenth century.

Three humpback whales surrounded by birds in Ocean
Three humpback whales surrounded by birds in Ocean
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Protecting New England's Marine Ecosystem: Habitat at Risk

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Some areas of New England’s waters have been closed to various types of fishing gear for decades in order to encourage the return of healthy populations of important groundfish (such as cod, haddock, and flounder), but the region does not have a plan for habitat management, as required by federal law.