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  • 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…

  • 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…