Tag Archives: ecosystem based management

  • 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…

  • February 01, 2017

    The People’s Choice for Menhaden

    On February 1st, the Atlantic Menhaden Management Board met in Alexandria, Virginia to review public comment on an array of options for changing the way we manage what is perhaps the most important forage fish on the east coast, and to decide which options will go forward as part of Draft Amendment 3 later this…

  • December 05, 2016

    Act Now For The Future Of Menhaden

    by Ken Hinman The Commission responsible for conserving Atlantic menhaden is seeking public comment on changes to the way this important east coast forage fish is managed with respect to its role in the ecosystem, as well as revisiting how the catch is allocated among fisheries from Maine to Florida. A Public Information Document (PID)…

  • January 25, 2016

    Watching for Gray Whales Also Means Keeping an Eye on Ocean Health

    It’s that time of year, when the gray whale migration peaks as they leave their northern Pacific feeding grounds for their breeding grounds in the warm lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. In December, I visited Granite Canyon Research Center, south of Monterey, CA, where the Southwest Fisheries Science Center conducts shore-based surveys of southbound gray whales.

  • November 03, 2015

    Pacific Council Finishes Precautionary Plan to Protect Unmanaged Forage

    By Theresa Labriola –  In September 2015, I attended the Pacific Fishery Management Council in Sacramento to celebrate the Council’s completion of their first ecosystem-based amendment, three years in the making, which will protect unmanaged and unfished forage fish from directed commercial fishing. The Council approved regulations drafted by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), that identify...
  • August 10, 2015

    Wild Oceans Releases “Resource Sharing”

    New Paper Outlines a More Natural Way to Fish in Wild Oceans To sustain life in the ocean while at the same time ensuring a healthy future for fishing at sea, we need to fish as part of the natural system, as one among many predators, argues a new white paper released today by the…

  • August 03, 2015

    New White Paper on Resource Sharing

    RESOURCE SHARING:  The Berkeley Criterion On August 10th Wild Oceans will release a “white paper” entitled Resource Sharing: The Berkeley Criterion, written by president Ken Hinman. It describes what he believes to be a more balanced, more natural and far wiser alternative to our present way of managing marine fisheries, specifically those for key prey...
  • July 28, 2015

    Resource Sharing: The Berkeley Criterion

    When we fish, we join the ocean world as predators. That is what we are, by nature, and have been since early times. But unlike other predators, we are limited only by the limits we set for ourselves. Or so we’d like to think. We are subject to all the same natural laws as other...
  • May 06, 2015

    The Past and Future of Menhaden

    ASMFC INITIATES AMENDMENT 3 TO PROTECT ATLANTIC MENHADEN AS FORAGE On May 5th, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission had one foot in the past and one in the future. At the same meeting where it approved a modest increase in the coast-wide quota based on an out-moded single-species stock assessment, the Menhaden Management Board voted unanimously to amend...