This paper in the journal BioScience explores the impacts of dams in New England on alewife and blueback herring, which have been cut off from 90 to 95 percent of their historic spawning habitat. The loss of these species – collectively known as river herring – from lakes and streams has removed a major source of prey for an array of predators. Read More
A new paper in the journal Marine Biology is a critical first step toward understanding how threats such as climate change may affect populations of leatherback sea turtles, and in particular the males of the species. Male sea turtles generally spend their entire lives at sea after hatching. Previously, very little was known about how many leatherback males come from various nesting populations,... Read More
The current guidelines for menhaden management are focused largely on the target species, and thus they may not leave enough menhaden for important ecological functions, such as providing food for predators. To address this, managers envision a shift to new guidelines that include ecological reference points (ERPs). ERPs are benchmark levels of a key metric (e.g. fishing pressure or species... Read More
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The Lenfest Ocean Program is a grantmaking program that funds scientific research on policy-relevant topics concerning the world’s oceans and communicates the results of the supported research to decision makers and other interested audiences.