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  • October 22, 2015

    Pacific Council Finishes Precautionary Plan to Protect Unmanaged Forage

    In September 2015, I attended the Pacific Fishery Management Council in Sacramento to celebrate the Council’s completion of their first ecosystem-based amendment, three years in the making, which will protect unmanaged and unfished forage fish from directed commercial fishing. The Council approved regulations drafted by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), that identify a suite…

  • October 22, 2015

    Mid-Atlantic Moves to Safeguard Unprotected Forage Base

    “Scoping Reveals Emerging Forage Fisheries” By Pam Lyons Gromen At the October 7th meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, we heard disturbing word from the region’s fishermen that a handful of unmanaged forage species are already the target of commercial fisheries, including round herring, Spanish sardine and chub mackerel, making real the threat of…

  • October 06, 2015

    Unfinished Business

    “There are still threats to big fish that need our attention” By Ken Hinman In this summer’s edition of the Wild Oceans Horizon, I wrote about the tremendous progress we’ve made securing measures to save big fish from indiscriminate fishing and aid in the recovery of billfish, bluefin tuna and oceanic sharks. Today, large areas…

  • September 01, 2015

    The Summer 2014 Wild Oceans Horizon

    Wonder what’s on the horizon for Atlantic striped bass, west coast swordfish or deep sea corals?  Check outthe latest issue of our newsletter, the Wild Oceans Horizon.  Other featured stories include our priorities for the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act, with a special Ocean View commentary by Wild Oceans President Ken Hinman.
  • August 10, 2015

    Wild Oceans Releases “Resource Sharing”

    New Paper Outlines a More Natural Way to Fish in Wild Oceans To sustain life in the ocean while at the same time ensuring a healthy future for fishing at sea, we need to fish as part of the natural system, as one among many predators, argues a new white paper released today by the…

  • August 03, 2015

    New White Paper on Resource Sharing

    RESOURCE SHARING:  The Berkeley Criterion On August 10th Wild Oceans will release a “white paper” entitled Resource Sharing: The Berkeley Criterion, written by president Ken Hinman. It describes what he believes to be a more balanced, more natural and far wiser alternative to our present way of managing marine fisheries, specifically those for key prey...
  • June 16, 2015

    The Spring 2015 Wild Oceans Horizon

    Spring was a busy season for Wild Oceans staff!   Read the Travel Log in the latest issue of our newsletter, the Wild Oceans Horizon to find out where we have been this season to fight for the fish.  Also, find out why the west coast sardine fishery closed, and how this closure is linked...
  • June 11, 2015

    Slow Down on Changes to Fisheries Law

    “We Need Wisdom and Time to Understand the Best Way to Improve the Magnuson Act” By Ken Hinman “Nothing fails like success, because we don’t learn from it.  We learn only from failure.” – Kenneth Boulding, economist The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 has been a success. The number of overfished stocks…

  • May 06, 2015

    The Past and Future of Menhaden

    ASMFC INITIATES AMENDMENT 3 TO PROTECT ATLANTIC MENHADEN AS FORAGE On May 5th, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission had one foot in the past and one in the future. At the same meeting where it approved a modest increase in the coast-wide quota based on an out-moded single-species stock assessment, the Menhaden Management Board voted unanimously to amend...