Posts by Ken Hinman

  • September 30, 2019

    Ocean View: The Summing Up

    I don’t much like the word “retire.”  It brings to mind turning out the lights and going to sleep.  I’m not, far from it.  But after more than 41 years with Wild Oceans (nee NCMC), the time is right to pass on the leadership of the organization to someone new. I’ve been thinking of those…

  • November 30, 2018

    2. Losing Confidence

    I started following and attending Atlantic menhaden stock assessments on a regular basis in 1999.  That same year, as a member of the National Ecosystem Principles Advisory Panel, I’d helped write the panel’s Report to Congress, Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management, in which we’d recommended that a first important step toward EBFM would be considering predator-prey relationships...
  • September 17, 2018

    President Signs Billfish Conservation Act II

    August 2, 2018.  President Donald Trump today signed into law HR 4528, bipartisan legislation to amend the Billfish Conservation Act to clarify that Pacific billfish exempted from the 2012 law’s federal no-sale provision must be sold locally in Hawaii and Pacific island territories (Guam, Samoa, etc.).  In effect, it achieves the original BCA’s intent to outlaw…

  • July 25, 2018

    No Going Back

    The National Marine Fisheries Service is questioning whether long-standing measures to minimize longline bycatch, such as time-area closures, are still needed.  The answer is most emphatically yes. No Going Back by Ken Hinman July 2018 The first meaningful action taken to reduce bycatch in the U.S. pelagic longline fisheries occurred in the year 2000 –...
  • July 24, 2018

    The Year Looked Good on Paper

    The following editorial appears in the Winter 2018 edition of The Wild Oceans Horizon.  Become a member to receive our newsletter on a regular basis. The Year Looked Good on Paper by Ken Hinman We did everything we could to get where we wanted to be.  But it turned out not to be enough. Three…

  • January 29, 2018

    Theresa Labriola Receives Major Conservation Award

    Honored For Work to Eliminate Drift Nets   January 29, 2018.  Theresa Labriola, Director of Pacific Programs for Wild Oceans, was honored with the International Game Fish Association’s 2018 Conservation Award Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  IGFA Conservation Awards are given annually to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to fresh and saltwater…

  • December 05, 2017

    ‘Natural Living’ Magazine Picks Top Environmental Non-Profits

    WILD OCEANS NAMED ONE OF BEST NONPROFITS FOR DONATIONS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WATERFORD, VIRGINIA – Wild Oceans, a 45-year old organization dedicated to keeping the oceans wild to preserve the future of fishing, was just selected as one of the 12 Best Environmental Nonprofits to Donate to this Holiday Season by Garden Collage Magazine, a…

  • November 17, 2017

    ECO-FAIL

    Ecological Reference Points for Menhaden are Ready, But Menhaden Managers Are Not by Ken Hinman, November 17, 2017 Earlier this week, the ASMFC’s Menhaden Management Board, meeting in Baltimore to finalize Amendment 3 to its Atlantic Menhaden Management Plan, voted to wait at least another two years before adopting catch limits that account for the…

  • September 19, 2017

    For Menhaden, Time to Act is Here and Now

    Draft Amendment 3 to the Interstate Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden Finally Offers a Way to Protect “The Most Important Fish in the Sea” by Ken Hinman In nature, you cannot do just one thing, as Walter Youngquist puts it, because everything is connected to everything else.  That’s why you can’t fish for Atlantic menhaden…