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  • December 26, 2022

    CONGRESS FINALIZES THE END OF DRIFT GILLNETS IN U.S. OCEANS

    December 26, 2022 In the final days of 2022, Congress sunsetted the last remaining large mesh drift gillnet fishery in the United States.  At a time when few issues find consensus, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act found support from a diverse coalition of sport fishermen, recreational fishing businesses, ocean conservationists and wildlife advocates....
  • December 06, 2022

    Congress Has One More Chance to End Drift Gillnets

    December 5, 2022 In November, Wild Oceans joined 20 other sportfishing organization in asking Congress prioritize and approve the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (H.R. 404 and S. 273), again, as it did in the 116th Congress. This bipartisan legislation will finalize the transition of the California drift gillnet swordfish fishery, the last fishery...
  • September 14, 2022

    Commission Seeks Input on Atlantic Menhaden Allocation

    The public comment period has closed.  The ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Management Board is scheduled to meet on November 9 to select final options and consider final approval of Addendum 1.  Thank you for your support! Voice Your Support for Options that Best Conserve Menhaden The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)  is seeking public input...
  • August 31, 2022

    Islesboro Event Highlights Wild Oceans’ History

    On July 31st, I traveled to Islesboro, Maine for an opportunity to share our organization’s story with local residents.  At the invitation of Wild Oceans Co-Chairs Peter Truslow and Stephanie Choate Oppenheimer, along with fellow board member Tim Chaote, who all reside on the island in the summer, former Wild Oceans President and current board...
  • July 12, 2022

    Press Release: Wild Oceans Welcomes IGFA to Kona Project

    July 12, 2022 Wild Oceans welcomes the International Game Fish Association into collaborative Kona Billfish Nursery Project With a track record of successfully working together on billfish conservation going back decades with efforts such as the Take Marlin Off the Menu campaign and the passage of the Billfish Conservation Act,  Wild Oceans is excited to...
  • June 17, 2022

    The Wild Oceans Horizon Newsletter (Issue 168, Spring 2022)

    June 17, 2022 Spring is nearing an end, and it sure has been a busy one! Our Kona Project research team collected over 12,000 occurrences of Pacific billfish larvae from scientific literature. Their work so far clearly shows the significance of the coastal and offshore waters surrounding Hawaii for billfish spawning. In our feature story...
  • March 22, 2022

    Take Action: Striped Bass Amendment 7

    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 in our Spring 2022 Wild...
  • March 07, 2022

    PRESS RELEASE: NEW HOPE FOR BILLFISH IN THE PACIFIC

    March 7, 2022 A New Effort to Better Understand and Protect Depleted Billfish Stocks Launches in the Pacific With nearly fifty years experience working to conserve large open-ocean predators, Wild Oceans (formerly the National Coalition for Marine Conservation) has just launched an exciting new effort to protect billfish in the Pacific Ocean.  The Wild Oceans…

  • February 25, 2022

    A Respite for Mako

    February 24, 2022 A Respite for Mako ICCAT INITIATES 2-YEAR RETENTION BAN 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...