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  • 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...
  • May 27, 2022

    Billfish Life Cycle: Unraveling the Mystery

    Billfish, a family of fishes that includes marlin, sailfish and spearfish, are as mysterious as they are majestic.  Sadly, they are also among the most threatened fish in the ocean as a result of decades of overfishing by commercial fleets on the high seas.  Wild Oceans has been dedicated to "Bringing Back the Big Fish"...
  • March 07, 2022

    PRESS RELEASE: NEW HOPE FOR BILLFISH IN THE PACIFIC

    March 7, 2022 A New Effort to Better Understand and Protect Depleted Billfish Stocks Launches in the Pacific With nearly fifty years experience working to conserve large open-ocean predators, Wild Oceans (formerly the National Coalition for Marine Conservation) has just launched an exciting new effort to protect billfish in the Pacific Ocean.  The Wild Oceans…

  • 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...
  • December 04, 2021

    Ocean View: Building on MSA for a Resilient Fisheries Future

    by Rob Kramer, Wild Oceans President Few organizations involved in marine fisheries management in the United States can say that they have been there from the beginning. But that is indeed the case with Wild Oceans. Wild Oceans was founded in 1973 in response to the drafting of the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of...
  • August 12, 2021

    Executive Order Tackles Resiliency

    August 12, 2021 Preserving Fishing Opportunities While Protecting the Ocean Ecosystem Earlier this year, President Biden issued Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Importantly, the Order includes provisions to help protect our ocean ecosystems and future fishing opportunities. By proposing new or strengthening existing management and conservation measures, the Order...
  • 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…

  • December 12, 2020

    Bipartisan Bill Phases Out Drift Gillnets

    Update: You might have heard that the federal legislation to end the use of drift gillnets in US waters received a Presidential Veto on New Year’s Day. But, Senator Feinstein, the lead sponsor of the legislation, has promised to have the final word and reintroduce this legislation on the first day of the new Congress!…