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  • September 19, 2017

    For Menhaden, Time to Act is Here and Now

    Draft Amendment 3 to the Interstate Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden Finally Offers a Way to Protect “The Most Important Fish in the Sea” by Ken Hinman In nature, you cannot do just one thing, as Walter Youngquist puts it, because everything is connected to everything else.  That’s why you can’t fish for Atlantic menhaden…

  • August 26, 2017

    The Pacific Bluefin: Down But Not Out – Yet

    With ESA Listing Denied, Attention Shifts Back to International Management Bodies by Ken Hinman The U.S. government earlier this month denied a petition to list Pacific bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act, citing recent international actions that may have stabilized the population and could, if continued, put bluefin on “a positive trajectory.” NOAA Fisheries,…

  • August 03, 2017

    New Ecosystem Plan for Menhaden

    At The Crossroads by Ken Hinman On the long road to change, we encounter twists and turns, roadblocks and detours.  Right now, on the way to changing the way we allocate Atlantic menhaden among fishermen and other predators in the ocean (e.g., striped bass), we are at a crossroads. For well over a decade, the…

  • July 08, 2017

    NOAA Fisheries Cuts Safety Net for Pacific Whales and Sea Turtles

    by Theresa Labriola For more than forty years, California fishermen have used mile-long drift gillnets to catch thresher shark and swordfish, a period during which most of the world banned drift netting, including off the east coast of the United States. That’s because driftnets indiscriminately entangle any large animal they encounter, and for every fish caught…

  • June 23, 2017

    The Value of Science

    by Ken Hinman, President, Wild Oceans Science cannot teach us what we need most to know about nature, that is, how to value it. – Holmes Rolston There are three steps in the resolution of an environmental problem. First, of course, we must recognize that a problem exists. Then, we analyze and assess the situation….

  • May 17, 2017

    Got Tuna?

    by Theresa Labriola Anglers can help NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC or Center) with their research of Pacific Bluefin Tuna and Pacific Albacore. Here’s how. In recent years, Pacific bluefin tuna bigger than 150 pounds have schooled off of California. This year, it looks like history may repeat itself, and scientists are asking anglers for…

  • May 13, 2017

    Remembering Chris Weld

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President Chris Weld, a co-founder of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation, now Wild Oceans, in 1973, died March 5th in Boston at the age of 84. When Susie Weld, Chris’ wife of 62 years, called to tell me Chris had passed, I felt a chill, like when a door…

  • May 03, 2017

    A Sea of Plastics

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President About 30 years ago, while I was researching an article for Marlin magazine, “Plastics Plague Ocean Life,” an angler fishing a Texas tournament landed a marlin with a plastic ring from a baby bottle around its bill. In the same tournament a fisherman hooked a red snapper sporting a…

  • May 01, 2017

    The People’s Choice for Menhaden

    On February 1st, the Atlantic Menhaden Management Board met in Alexandria, Virginia to review public comment on an array of options for changing the way we manage what is perhaps the most important forage fish on the east coast, and to decide which options will go forward as part of Draft Amendment 3 later this…