Press Releases

  • 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…

  • August 27, 2019

    A Change In Leadership At Wild Oceans

    Long-time Leader Hinman Retires, Kramer Steps In Waterford, VA – August 27, 2019 – After 41 years at the helm, Wild Oceans President Ken Hinman will be stepping down on September 30, 2019.  Replacing him in the position, Wild Oceans Board of Directors has recruited veteran nonprofit leader Rob Kramer, former President of the International Game Fish…

  • September 28, 2018

    Press Release: California Modernizes Swordfish Fishery

    For Immediate Release: California Modernizes Swordfish Fishery California to move U.S. swordfish fishery towards more sustainable gear, aided by public-private partnerships Waterford, VA – September 27, 2018 – Today, Governor Brown signed a Bill (SB1017) to end commercial drift gillnet fishing and encourage a transition to innovative, more sustainable fishing gear. His action aligns the California…

  • September 17, 2018

    President Signs Billfish Conservation Act II

    August 2, 2018.  President Donald Trump today signed into law HR 4528, bipartisan legislation to amend the Billfish Conservation Act to clarify that Pacific billfish exempted from the 2012 law’s federal no-sale provision must be sold locally in Hawaii and Pacific island territories (Guam, Samoa, etc.).  In effect, it achieves the original BCA’s intent to outlaw…

  • September 04, 2018

    Press Release: Lawmakers Send Governor Brown Bill to End Drift Gillnets

    For Immediate Release: Lawmakers Send Governor Brown Bill to End Drift Gillnets New legislation will improve marine biodiversity and promote innovative new fishing gear Theresa Labriola, Pacific Program Director 541.490.2411 www.wildoceans.org Waterford, VA – August 31, 2018 – The California legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Bill to end commercial drift gillnet fishing and…

  • May 01, 2018

    Press Release: Bill to End Driftnetting

    For Immediate Release: Senators Step-Up To Bring California Swordfish Fishing Into the 21st Century New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear Theresa Labriola, Pacific Program Director 541.490.2411 www.wildoceans.org Waterford, VA – May 1, 2018 – Leading recreational fishing organizations applauded Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and…

  • January 29, 2018

    Theresa Labriola Receives Major Conservation Award

    Honored For Work to Eliminate Drift Nets   January 29, 2018.  Theresa Labriola, Director of Pacific Programs for Wild Oceans, was honored with the International Game Fish Association’s 2018 Conservation Award Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  IGFA Conservation Awards are given annually to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to fresh and saltwater…

  • December 05, 2017

    ‘Natural Living’ Magazine Picks Top Environmental Non-Profits

    WILD OCEANS NAMED ONE OF BEST NONPROFITS FOR DONATIONS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WATERFORD, VIRGINIA – Wild Oceans, a 45-year old organization dedicated to keeping the oceans wild to preserve the future of fishing, was just selected as one of the 12 Best Environmental Nonprofits to Donate to this Holiday Season by Garden Collage Magazine, a…

  • February 16, 2017

    A Bill to Bolster Billfish Conservation

    SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT BILLFISH Amendment Clarifies Intent of 2012 Conservation Act  February 16, 2017. A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation yesterday to amend the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, making it clear that the original intent of the BCA was to prohibit sales of any marlin, spearfish or sailfish in the mainland…