"Conservation is a gift to my children and to theirs"-Wild Oceans Board member
Wild Oceans (formerly the National Coalition for Marine Conservation or NCMC) was founded by anglers in 1973. Like the sportsmen before us who pioneered wildlife conservation on land, we are passionate protectors of fish and the wild world we share.
We bring conservation-minded fishermen and other ocean advocates together to promote a broad, ecosystems approach to fisheries management that reflects our expanding circle of concern for all marine life and the future of fishing.
Our programs emphasize conserving the ocean’s top predators – the big billfish, swordfish, tunas and sharks that are the lions, tigers and wolves of the sea – while preserving healthy ocean food webs and critical habitats essential to the survival of all fish, marine mammals and seabirds.
So much of what we love about the sea, about fish, about fishing, is in the wildness. But that wild world, and the future of fishing, now hangs in the balance. Everything we do, every decision we make, must be guided by a clear vision of the future we want for our oceans and of how the fishing public and responsible consumers will fit into that future.
Keeping the oceans wild for the future of fishing
To keep the oceans wild to achieve a vibrant future for fishing by building coalitions and engaging in marine fisheries management using science, law and ecosystem based solutions
The “Wild Oceans Way” has been honed for nearly five decades and is guided by a core set of values that helps us achieve our goals and fulfill our vision. They form the basis for our day-to-day decisions and how we engage with others.
Sound science forms the basis of all our input into the process and the initiatives that we pursue.
Whether engaging with allies or adversaries, we conduct ourselves with the utmost integrity, adhering to strong moral and ethical principles.
Many of the challenges we take on are complex, sometimes requiring years to resolve. We endeavor to persevere and stick with an issue until we see it through.
Passion & Respect
Our passion and respect for the oceans and its inhabitants fuels our enthusiasm and dedication to everything we do.
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A RESPITE FOR MAKO
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 immediate step we can take to reverse the decline and rebuild the population, but it will still take more than five decades to fully recover this deeply depleted population.
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