Tag Archives: conservation

  • July 24, 2018

    The Year Looked Good on Paper

    The following editorial appears in the Winter 2018 edition of The Wild Oceans Horizon.  Become a member to receive our newsletter on a regular basis. The Year Looked Good on Paper by Ken Hinman We did everything we could to get where we wanted to be.  But it turned out not to be enough. Three…

  • May 18, 2018

    Groundbreaking Actions Proposed to Safeguard Atlantic Herring as Forage

    Make Sure New England Fishery Managers Hear Your Support! Public comment is being sought by the New England Fishery Management Council on actions designed to better manage Atlantic sea herring for its ecological role as forage.  Atlantic herring has been described as the linchpin holding together the food web in New England waters.  Humpback whales,…

  • 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…

  • May 01, 2018

    Congress Steps-Up To Bring California Swordfish Fishing Into the 21st Century

    New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear by Theresa Labriola Last Tuesday, Senators Feinstein (D-Calif.), Capito (R-W.Va.) and Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in the eastern Pacific by 2020 and bring California swordfish fishing in-line with…

  • 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…

  • November 17, 2017

    ECO-FAIL

    Ecological Reference Points for Menhaden are Ready, But Menhaden Managers Are Not by Ken Hinman, November 17, 2017 Earlier this week, the ASMFC’s Menhaden Management Board, meeting in Baltimore to finalize Amendment 3 to its Atlantic Menhaden Management Plan, voted to wait at least another two years before adopting catch limits that account for the…

  • September 19, 2017

    For Menhaden, Time to Act is Here and Now

    Draft Amendment 3 to the Interstate Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden Finally Offers a Way to Protect “The Most Important Fish in the Sea” by Ken Hinman In nature, you cannot do just one thing, as Walter Youngquist puts it, because everything is connected to everything else.  That’s why you can’t fish for Atlantic menhaden…

  • August 03, 2017

    New Ecosystem Plan for Menhaden

    At The Crossroads by Ken Hinman On the long road to change, we encounter twists and turns, roadblocks and detours.  Right now, on the way to changing the way we allocate Atlantic menhaden among fishermen and other predators in the ocean (e.g., striped bass), we are at a crossroads. For well over a decade, the…

  • July 08, 2017

    NOAA Fisheries Cuts Safety Net for Pacific Whales and Sea Turtles

    by Theresa Labriola For more than forty years, California fishermen have used mile-long drift gillnets to catch thresher shark and swordfish, a period during which most of the world banned drift netting, including off the east coast of the United States. That’s because driftnets indiscriminately entangle any large animal they encounter, and for every fish caught…