I AM WILD OCEANS

Author: Rob Kramer Posted Under: Blog, Wild Oceans

As a fifth generation Floridian, I have always been around water; on it, in it, and under it.  Having year-round sunshine, there was never much motivation to be indoors growing up.  In fact, in my house, the children were generally not allowed inside until it was time for dinner.  For ...

WILD OCEANS SETS NEW 5-YEAR COURSE

Author: Rob Kramer Posted Under: Blog, Our News, Press Releases

Wild Oceans has kicked off the new year with a new 5-year strategic plan to guide us into the future.  The plan outlines clear and measurable goals, objectives and strategies for four priority conservation areas: 1) Large Marine Fish Conservation, 2) Sustainable Fishing Practices, 3) Ecosystems, and 4) Climate Change. Prior ...

BIPARTISAN BILL PHASES OUT DRIFT GILLNETS

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!

PROTECT OUR OCEANS FROM DESTRUCTIVE FISHING GEAR

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.

Wild Oceans Joins World Climate Change Statement

Author: Wild Ocean Team Posted Under: Blog, Ecosystems, Climate Change, Healthy Oceans

Scientific Organizations Call for Urgent Action to Address Climate Change to Conserve Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems Wild Oceans joined with 110 scientific societies representing more than 80,000 scientists from around the world in a statement outlining the evidence for how climate change is seriously impacting freshwater and marine resources. In the ...

WE’VE Moved the Line for Menhaden

Author: Pam Lyons Gromen Posted Under: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Menhaden, Blog, Prey Base, Victories

On August 5th, Atlantic menhaden management reached a critical milestone.  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Menhaden Management Board voted unanimously to adopt ecological reference points (ERPs) that will be used to set annual catch levels for the Atlantic coast. With so many predators – from bluefish and ...

KICK ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE DOWN

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, ...

2019: An Extraordinary Year

Author: Pam Lyons Gromen Posted Under: Blog, Victories, Our News

2019 was an extraordinary year for Wild Oceans. Our long-time leader Ken Hinman stepped down after 41 years serving as our organization president and joined our Board of Directors. Rob Kramer, the former President of the International Game Fish Association, stepped in and hit the ground running as our new president. We ...

Commerce Secretary Upholds Chesapeake Bay Menhaden Cap

Author: Pam Lyons Gromen Posted Under: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Menhaden, Blog, Prey Base, Victories

Virginia’s Menhaden Fishery to Shut Down in June 2020 if it Doesn’t Take Action to Comply with the Bay Cap The U.S. Department of Commerce is standing by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) decision to find the Commonwealth of Virginia out of compliance with a critical measure in ...

Tell Secretary Ross to Uphold the Menhaden Bay Cap

Author: Wild Ocean Team Posted Under: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Menhaden, Blog, Prey Base

"Atlantic menhaden are a critically important – perhaps the most important – forage species for some of the Atlantic coast’s most iconic species, including those that support valuable recreational and commercial fisheries." –Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission