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  • February 27, 2015

    Sharks, Rays Win New Trade Protections

    Five species of sharks and two types of manta rays won new safeguards Monday, as delegates to a global wildlife summit voted to limit the trade of species that have been overharvested for decades.
  • May 12, 2014

    Menhaden Numbers Are In And The News Is Good

    NEW CONSERVATION RULES LEAVE MORE FISH IN THE WATER The 2013 menhaden fishing season was a banner year – for Atlantic menhaden and the many marine animals that live off them. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission reports that landings of Atlantic menhaden last year were 25% below the total catch for 2012, the year before…

  • March 19, 2014

    Pacific Council Makes Plans to Phase-Out Drift Nets

    Pacific Council Makes Plans to Phase-Out Drift Nets The Pacific Fishery Management Council, at its March meeting in Sacramento, Calif., took several steps toward developing a “comprehensive plan” for moving away from the use of drift gill nets to catch swordfish in favor of more “environmentally and economically sustainable” types of gear.  The council restated...
  • July 01, 2013

    5-Year Plan Offers Promising Future for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries

    Tell the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council that You Support Their Commitment to Ocean Stewardship! The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is seeking public comment on a draft strategic plan that outlines the Council’s vision, mission and strategic goals for 5 years spanning 2014 through 2018.  Developed from extensive stakeholder outreach and feedback over the last two...
  • April 02, 2013

    Starving Sea Lion Pups Fill Calif. Rescue Centers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists were performing tests to determine if the problem is food availability, disease or both.  Biologists knew last spring that this year’s supply of anchovies and sardines could be limited, Boehm said.   “These two species of fish are an extremely important part of California sea lions’ diets, and females simply may not have...
  • March 11, 2013

    Plan eyes new way to manage fisheries

    It would boost salmon by protecting fish they eat A draft ecological plan now under review could mark a subtle but significant shift in the way policymakers manage West Coast fisheries. The Fisheries Ecosystem Plan also highlights an often overlooked path to boosting the populations of salmon and other marine wildlife: protecting the small forage...
  • December 12, 2012

    Protecting West Coast Forage Fish

    The Pacific Fishery Management Council moved forward with an historic Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the West Coast. The council regulates fishing in federal waters off California, Oregon and Washington, including key forage species such as sardine, mackerel, anchovy and squid. “The new plan will give greater protection to forage fish by prohibiting new fisheries for...