Watershed Watch: December 2013

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports. Here is the rundown for December, 2103.
Preparing for Emerging Fisheries: An Overview of Mid-Atlantic Stocks on the Move
By: Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Climate change is affecting marine fish populations in a multitude of ways, including shifts in migration patterns, stock distributions, life histories and ultimately, community structures. While research on climate change and fisheries is ongoing, the exact nature of population shifts and subsequent implications for fish and fishermen in the Gulf of Maine are just recently being explored. This newly released report from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute provides an overview of fish stocks managed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission that have shown a northward shift of population center.
Read the full report HERE.


The Northeast Voluntary Turf Fertilizer Initiative
Over the past few months, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission has worked with the states and EPA on a comprehensive revision of the guidelines based on stakeholder comments.  The result is this interim final report to the environmental agency commissioners, which includes a set of 33 regional guidelines.
Read the Interim Report HERE
Learn more about the Initiative HERE 
Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealcoat, PAH’s & Environmental Health

 Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have identified coal-tar based sealcoat – the black, viscous liquid sprayed or painted on asphalt pavement such as driveways and parking lots – as a major source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pollution in urban area for a large part of our nation. Several PAH’s are suspected human carcinogens and are toxic to fish life.

CLICK HERE to view full brochure about this important issue.

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.