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  • 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...
  • June 17, 2022

    The Wild Oceans Horizon Newsletter (Issue 168, Spring 2022)

    June 17, 2022 Spring is nearing an end, and it sure has been a busy one! Our Kona Project research team collected over 12,000 occurrences of Pacific billfish larvae from scientific literature. Their work so far clearly shows the significance of the coastal and offshore waters surrounding Hawaii for billfish spawning. In our feature story...
  • 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...
  • June 11, 2020

    The Wild Oceans Horizon Newsletter (Issue 162, Spring 2020)

    June 11, 2020 The staff at Wild Oceans hopes you and yours are well during these unsettling times.  The pandemic restrictions have brought challenges to the way we normally do business, but we remain busier than ever and are continuing to move the ball forward for a number of our conservation initiatives.  In this spring…

  • April 15, 2020

    Kick ’em while they’re down

    Continued Fishing During Decline Results in Deeper Sardine Collapse by Theresa Labriola April 15, 2020 Pacific sardine has undergone large population fluctuations for centuries and there is consensus that environmental conditions are the main factor driving the changes. However, maintaining continuous high volume fishing on the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine when stock productivity is in rapid…

  • 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…

  • October 15, 2019

    Help Herring Over the Final Hurdle

    Let NMFS Know that You Support Measures to Protect Atlantic Herring’s Role as Forage DEADLINE: October 21 Last fall, the New England Fishery Management Council adopted groundbreaking measures to conserve Atlantic herring and safeguard its role as prey.  Humpback whales, porpoises, seals, puffins, terns, tuna, striped bass, cod, pollock and haddock are just a few…