In a briny preserve, fish and controversy thrive

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Les Kaufman, College of Arts & Sciences

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. 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…

Expert quote:

“Big, old, fat females put more oil into each egg, and the odds are higher for an egg to survive. The problem with allowing fishing in the basins is that it’s the same fish that live by the rocks. They move in and out [from Ammen Rock to the basins], depending on the season.”

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