• April 26, 2017

    A Bill to Bolster Billfish Protections

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President A rule to fully implement the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 had the ignominious honor of being the only proposed rulemaking left unfinished by the Department of Commerce before the change of Administrations in January. For four years, the National Marine Fisheries Service struggled with the issue of whether…

  • March 27, 2017

    Spring Horizon Newsletter

    In this Spring 2017 edition of the Wild Oceans Horizon, we fondly remember the man who started it all.  Chris Weld, a pioneer in the fisheries conservation movement and co-founder of Wild Oceans (then called the National Coalition for Marine Conservation), has left us, but his legacy lives on and continues to inspire and energize…

  • February 14, 2017

    “I am Wild Oceans” – Tim Choate

    Tim Choate. Billfish Conservationist. Wild Oceans Chairman.


    “We took on 3 governments to help ensure a wild ocean for the next generation and we are just getting started.”

    How did an IGFA Hall of Fame fisherman and fishing resort owner add conservationist to his resume?

  • January 13, 2017

    Ocean Frontiers III Premieres Feb. 8th at the Virginia Aquarium

    Experience a spectacular evening at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center for the World Premiere of Ocean Frontiers III.   “If you are not at the table, you are on the menu.”  This quote sums up why Wild Oceans believes that it is so important for anglers to stay informed about Regional Ocean Action…

  • December 05, 2016

    Act Now For The Future Of Menhaden

    by Ken Hinman The Commission responsible for conserving Atlantic menhaden is seeking public comment on changes to the way this important east coast forage fish is managed with respect to its role in the ecosystem, as well as revisiting how the catch is allocated among fisheries from Maine to Florida. A Public Information Document (PID)…

  • December 01, 2016

    The Buck Stops…Where?

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President To fully implement the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, NOAA Fisheries must enact a Final Rule. Before the Final Rule there must be a Proposed Rule. And before that, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR). The ANPR was issued 3 1⁄2 years ago in April 2013. We’ve yet…

  • November 29, 2016

    Year-end Edition of the Wild Oceans Horizon

    by Pam Lyons Gromen As 2016 comes to a close, enjoy our year-end edition of the Wild Oceans Horizon.  We report Progress for People and Fish in our summary of the year’s accomplishments and also recognize the charitable foundations and individuals who generously contributed to our success. We are already hard at work for a…

  • November 03, 2016

    Pacific Council Corrects Course on Buoy Gear

    by Theresa Labriola In September, the Pacific Fishery Management Council reversed an earlier decision to postpone permitting buoy gear in the swordfish fishery in favor of more research. Changing its mind, the Council has now decided to pursue authorization because five years of research already tells us that this new, highly selective gear can catch…

  • September 22, 2016

    Parks & Recreation

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine and canyons and seamounts offshore of New England are being proposed as national monuments, making these unique areas “ecological reserves,” protected from the ocean floor to the surface. Most advocates want all resource uses prohibited, including fishing. The move to designate marine…