Tag Archives: marine conservation

  • May 03, 2017

    A Sea of Plastics

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President About 30 years ago, while I was researching an article for Marlin magazine, “Plastics Plague Ocean Life,” an angler fishing a Texas tournament landed a marlin with a plastic ring from a baby bottle around its bill. In the same tournament a fisherman hooked a red snapper sporting a…

  • May 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…

  • April 26, 2017

    A Bill to Bolster Billfish Protections

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President A rule to fully implement the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 had the ignominious honor of being the only proposed rulemaking left unfinished by the Department of Commerce before the change of Administrations in January. For four years, the National Marine Fisheries Service struggled with the issue of whether…

  • December 01, 2016

    The Buck Stops…Where?

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President To fully implement the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, NOAA Fisheries must enact a Final Rule. Before the Final Rule there must be a Proposed Rule. And before that, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR). The ANPR was issued 3 1⁄2 years ago in April 2013. We’ve yet…

  • September 22, 2016

    Parks & Recreation

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine and canyons and seamounts offshore of New England are being proposed as national monuments, making these unique areas “ecological reserves,” protected from the ocean floor to the surface. Most advocates want all resource uses prohibited, including fishing. The move to designate marine…

  • April 01, 2016

    Getting Past Customs

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President Since passage of The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, foreign imports of marlin and other billfish, estimated at up to 30,000 fish a year pre-BCA, have come to a halt, making it one more triumph in our ongoing efforts to protect these marvelous fish. One unresolved issue remains, however,…

  • May 01, 2015

    Budget Dumpster Shines Spotlight on Wild Oceans Accomplishments

    Budget Dumpster, a nationally renowned dumpster rental company with a strong commitment to sustainability, profiles “the best cities, companies, organizations and individuals who go above and beyond to improve the environment.”  Wild Oceans is proud to be featured in the company’s latest Profiles in Environmentalism, a regular segment in their blog The Fill.
  • February 27, 2015

    A Gift to the Sea

    A GIFT TO THE SEA Stephanie Choate, winner of the 2014 Fishing World Cup, donated $100,000 from her tournament winnings to Wild Oceans, a conservation group dedicated to the future of ocean fishing. She is pictured here with Wild Oceans president Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans Board Chairman Tim Choate, Vice Chairman Rick Weber, and Board…

  • February 27, 2015

    Sharks, Rays Win New Trade Protections

    Five species of sharks and two types of manta rays won new safeguards Monday, as delegates to a global wildlife summit voted to limit the trade of species that have been overharvested for decades. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/sharks-rays-win-new-trade-protections/2013/03/11/c4f8997e-8a7a-11e2-8d72-dc76641cb8d4_story.html