In a Briny Preserve, Fish and Controversy Thrive
(Click to enlarge). Marine life on Cashes Ledge, such as mollusks and red cod, has been protected for the past 12 years because fishing is not allowed there. (Credit: Brian Skerry)
For thousands of years, the jagged rocks of a submerged mountain range about 80 miles off the coast of Gloucester have preserved one of the region’s most distinct marine habitats.
(From The Boston Globe/ by David Abel) – The frigid waters and glacier-sculpted peaks are home to a billowy kelp forest and an abundant array of life, from multicolored anemones to cod the size of refrigerators.
Fishermen long combed the muddy basins on the periphery of Cashes Ledge and brought home massive hauls of cod, pollock, and other groundfish. Read the full story »