Coalition Achieves Conservation Gains for Atlantic Blue Shark

Author: Wild Ocean Team Posted Under: Blog, RFMO’s, Big Fish

Earlier this month, Wild Oceans joined colleagues including SharkProject to ask the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT or Commission) to reduce the catch of North Atlantic and South Atlantic blue shark and task their scientists with developing long term options for managing blue shark. ICCAT took ...

Policy Underway for Unmanaged Mid-Atlantic Forage Fisheries

Author: Wild Ocean Team Posted Under: Blog, Councils, Sustainable Fishing Practices, Prey Base

Wild Oceans has for the last six years been engaged in ensuring strong implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment (UFOA). We did not have to wait long for a challenge to this crucial safeguard for Atlantic coast forage species: in 2021, fisheries managers received ...

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 ...

Take Action: Striped Bass Amendment 7

Author: Wild Ocean Team Posted Under: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Blog, Striped Bass, Big Fish

Weigh In Now for a Strong Striped Bass Plan 06/05/2022 Update: On May 4th, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board approved Amendment 7. The new plan lays a solid foundation for rebuilding the stock and for ensuring prompt and effective conservation action.  Read the highlights ...


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: Jody Bright Posted Under: Blog, Wild Oceans

When I told my Dad I was going to take “a year off from college” to go chase marlin, he was not pleased. I shook my head at that. I mean, it was his fault.  It’s not that I was one of those kids who couldn’t wait to get away from their ...

Ocean View: Building on MSA for a Resilient Fisheries Future

Author: Rob Kramer Posted Under: Blog, Better Policies, Climate Change, Healthy Oceans

"Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act of 2021 recognizes that oceans are warming, fish are moving, and managers do not have the adequate tools to address the consequences." Few organizations involved in marine fisheries management in the United States can say that they have been there from the beginning. ...


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, ...

Rebuild the Bass

Author: Wild Ocean Team Posted Under: Blog, Striped Bass, Big Fish

We Need to Rebuild Striped Bass, Not Move the Goal Posts The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is seeking public input on potential changes to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan (ISFMP).  Ten issues are presented in a Public Information Document (PID) for what will be Amendment 7 to ...