Tag Archives: forage fish

  • October 01, 2018

    Victory for Atlantic Herring

    Fed upon by a long list of ocean wildlife from whales to seabirds to tuna, Atlantic herring is the linchpin holding together the food web in New England waters.  On September 25th at its meeting in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the New England Fishery Management Council took groundbreaking action to better manage Atlantic sea herring and to...
  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • June 23, 2017

    The Value of Science

    by Ken Hinman, President, Wild Oceans Science cannot teach us what we need most to know about nature, that is, how to value it. – Holmes Rolston There are three steps in the resolution of an environmental problem. First, of course, we must recognize that a problem exists. Then, we analyze and assess the situation….

  • 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.