Author: Theresa Labriola

Look and See – Charismatic Creatures of the Sea

Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Blog, Ecosystems, Climate Change

A fellow fisherman recently told me a tale about his recent sightings of pods of dolphins or porpoises riding alongside the sportfishing boats of Southern California. However, he wasn’t sure how to identify these ocean companions or what distinguishes a porpoise from a dolphin. We’re all good at fish identification ...

Wild Oceans Builds Striped Marlin Coalition

Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Blog, RFMO’s, Billfish, Striped Marlin

Wild Oceans has been building a collation of local, national, and international recreational fishing, small boat and ocean conservation organizations asking the United States to prioritize development and adoption of a conservation and management measure for Western and Central North Pacific Ocean (WCNPO) striped marlin this year. The Pacific’s largest ...


Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Blog, RFMO’s, Sharks, Victories, Big Fish

In November, after more than a decade of warning about the vulnerability and decline of North Atlantic shortfin mako shark, international managers banned the retention of all shortfin mako sharks for two years. International scientists have advised that a moratorium is the most immediate step we can take to reverse the decline and rebuild the population, but it will still take more than five decades to fully recover this deeply depleted population.


Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Blog, Ecosystems, Better Policies, Climate Change, Healthy Oceans

Preserving Fishing Opportunities While Protecting the Ocean Ecosystem Earlier this year, President Biden issued Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Importantly, the Order includes provisions to help protect our ocean ecosystems and future fishing opportunities. By proposing new or strengthening existing management and conservation measures, ...


Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Blog, Sustainable Fishing Practices, Victories

Update: You might have heard that the federal legislation to end the use of drift gillnets in US waters received a Presidential Veto on New Year’s Day. But, Senator Feinstein, the lead sponsor of the legislation, has promised to have the final word and reintroduce this legislation on the first day of the new Congress! Thanks Senator Feinstein for fighting to protect the future of fishing!


Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Blog, Sustainable Fishing Practices, Big Fish

This November, we have a chance to end the use of destructive drift gillnets in our oceans. California commercial fishermen use large-mesh gillnets to catch swordfish, but the gear also entangles, injures and kills over 60 other species, including sharks, billfish, endangered marine turtles, marine mammals and scores of ocean fish. Because drift gillnets are indiscriminate, ensnaring all marine life in their path, they are prohibited off the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Washington state, Alaska, Oregon and Hawaii.


Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Sardine, Blog, Prey Base

Continued Fishing During Decline Results in Deeper Sardine Collapse Pacific sardine has undergone large population fluctuations for centuries and there is consensus that environmental conditions are the main factor driving the changes. However, maintaining continuous high volume fishing on the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine when stock productivity is in rapid decline, ...

Short Sighted

Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Blog, Swordfish, Sustainable Fishing Practices, Big Fish

Short Sighted – NOAA’ s Push for More Longlines Jeopardizes Long-term Conservation Gains by Theresa Labriola In the past two years, the gatekeepers of our public trust resources have been pursuing an aggressive agenda of increased exploitation that has reached the ocean. When Wilbur Ross was appointed Commerce Department Secretary, he ...

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

Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Blog, Swordfish, Sustainable Fishing Practices

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 ...


Author: Theresa Labriola Posted Under: Blog, Wild Oceans

How did I get here? People wonder, “How did a New York lawyer wind up advising on the management of Pacific fisheries, striped marlin, long lines and drift nets?” My family’s boat rarely left the dock without me on board. Whether fishing for striped bass or tuna, in calm waters ...