Posts by Theresa Labriola

  • September 04, 2018

    Press Release: Lawmakers Send Governor Brown Bill to End Drift Gillnets

    For Immediate Release: Lawmakers Send Governor Brown Bill to End Drift Gillnets New legislation will improve marine biodiversity and promote innovative new fishing gear Theresa Labriola, Pacific Program Director 541.490.2411 www.wildoceans.org Waterford, VA – August 31, 2018 – The California legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Bill to end commercial drift gillnet fishing and…

  • May 01, 2018

    Press Release: Bill to End Driftnetting

    For Immediate Release: Senators Step-Up To Bring California Swordfish Fishing Into the 21st Century New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear Theresa Labriola, Pacific Program Director 541.490.2411 www.wildoceans.org Waterford, VA – May 1, 2018 – Leading recreational fishing organizations applauded Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and…

  • May 01, 2018

    Congress Steps-Up To Bring California Swordfish Fishing Into the 21st Century

    New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear by Theresa Labriola Last Tuesday, Senators Feinstein (D-Calif.), Capito (R-W.Va.) and Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in the eastern Pacific by 2020 and bring California swordfish fishing in-line with…

  • February 01, 2018

    “I am Wild Oceans” – Theresa Labriola

    Theresa Labriola. Wild Oceans Pacific Program Director.

     

    This year, I was honored to received the IGFA Conservation Award for bringing together diverse parties to build a healthy, thriving Pacific Ocean ecosystem. I hope my work proves that cooperation is our best strategy towards achieving this goal. Together we must be willing to step-up and step-out, to collaborate and innovate, and to mobilize our resources and rally our constituents.

  • January 27, 2018

    “I am Wild Oceans” – Pam Lyons Gromen

    Pam Lyons Gromen. Wild Oceans Executive Director.

     

    It’s about connecting to the big picture. My greatest takeaway from my prior work in the public aquarium industry is the importance of connecting people, personally, to the wonder and beauty of the ocean world. Once that connection is made, a conservationist is born.

  • July 08, 2017

    NOAA Fisheries Cuts Safety Net for Pacific Whales and Sea Turtles

    by Theresa Labriola For more than forty years, California fishermen have used mile-long drift gillnets to catch thresher shark and swordfish, a period during which most of the world banned drift netting, including off the east coast of the United States. That’s because driftnets indiscriminately entangle any large animal they encounter, and for every fish caught…

  • June 28, 2017

    “I am Wild Oceans” – Megan Carpenter

    Megan Carpenter. Wild Oceans Research Assistant.

     

    Join us in welcoming the newest member of Wild Oceans. Megan is helping us understand how climate change and ocean warming are impacting individual marine species, species interactions, and dependent fisheries in coastal waters of the United States.

  • May 17, 2017

    Got Tuna?

    by Theresa Labriola Anglers can help NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC or Center) with their research of Pacific Bluefin Tuna and Pacific Albacore. Here’s how. In recent years, Pacific bluefin tuna bigger than 150 pounds have schooled off of California. This year, it looks like history may repeat itself, and scientists are asking anglers for…

  • May 13, 2017

    Remembering Chris Weld

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President Chris Weld, a co-founder of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation, now Wild Oceans, in 1973, died March 5th in Boston at the age of 84. When Susie Weld, Chris’ wife of 62 years, called to tell me Chris had passed, I felt a chill, like when a door…