June 17, 2022
Spring is nearing an end, and it sure has been a busy one! Our Kona Project research team collected over 12,000 occurrences of Pacific billfish larvae from scientific literature. Their work so far clearly shows the significance of the coastal and offshore waters surrounding Hawaii for billfish spawning. In our feature story of this Spring 2022 edition of the Wild Oceans Horizon, Pacific Program Director Theresa Labriola makes a case for why protecting big fish spawning grounds through time and area closures can reap big benefits for fisheries and biodiversity conservation. At our Wild Oceans annual meeting, long-time, beloved Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tim Choate, stepped down, passing the baton to daughter Stephanie Osgood Choate and good friend Peter Truslow, who will now lead our Board as Co-Chairs. In his Ocean View, President Rob Kramer discusses the transition and how he knows we remain “In Good Hands.” And, we celebrated an important win for Atlantic striped bass when a new plan amendment was approved that prioritizes conservation and rebuilding the stock.
Below are the stories you will find in this latest edition of the Wild Oceans Horizon:
- Spawning Sanctuaries
- Ocean View: In Good Hands
- A Big Win for Stripers
- Court Vacates Atlantic Herring Buffer Zone
- Kona Project Update
- Turning the Tide: Wild Oceans News and Activities
- Newly Elected Co-Chairs Excited to Lead the Wild Oceans Board of Directors
Wishing you a summer of blue skies and blue water!
Pam Lyons Gromen, Executive Director and Editor