Big Fish

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • March 23, 2021

    Rebuild the Bass

    03/23/2021 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 the plan. ...
  • January 07, 2021

    Wild Oceans Sets New 5-Year Course

    01/06/2021 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 to initiating the…

  • November 12, 2020

    Protect Our Oceans From Destructive Fishing Gear

    12/10/2020: Victory Update!  The U.S. House of Representatives passed  The Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act.  The Senate passed the bill unanimously in July, and now it heads to the President’s desk for his signature.  Read more here. 11/12/2020 This November, we have a chance to end the use of destructive drift gillnets in our...
  • December 06, 2019

    Press Release: Sportfishing Community Successfully Halts Expanding Longlines On The West Coast

    For Immediate Release: Sportfishing Community Successfully Halts Expanding Longlines On The West Coast November 22, 2019 – This week, in a win for the sportfishing community, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council voted to not proceed with consideration of an amendment that would authorize shallow-set longline gear in West Coast highly migratory species. “As leaders in…

  • November 13, 2019

    Diverse Coalition Supports Keeping Longlines Out of California

    24 local and national recreational leaders tell the Pacific Fishery Management Council to keep longlines out of west coast ports Next Tuesday, November 19, the Pacific Fishery Management Council is meeting in Costa Mesa, CA to revisit a plan to permit a California based longline fishery. While we all support fishing, we don’t support wasteful…