Friday, March 23, 2007
It's been a busy winter, and I'm ready for spring! Lately, I've been spending a lot of time working on the menhaden issue and on Save The Bay's work with our partner groups along Rhode Island's South County Coast.
The latest on menhaden is that we're still working hard to facilitate a compromise between the recreational anglers who are pushing for a full commercial closure in the Bay and the Lobstermen who are extremely concerned that the proposed closure would jeopardize their bait supply and hurt their industry. We think there's some middle ground here that will achieve greater protection for the fish while still allowing a sustainable fishery and getting much better data.
On The South County Coast, we've been working to promote marine conservation, better coastal management, and improved water quality. I've had the privilege of working with the Nature Conservancy recently on a broader ecosystem-based management plan for the region. We're hoping to ramp that work up in the coming months
Today I want to direct your attention to a new website www.stopweaverscove.com. We helped design this site to serve as a resource to everyone involved in the fight for responsible LNG siting. There's breaking news there, so check it out! -JT