Vibrant fish populations are dependent on healthy oceans. Protecting marine ecosystems can help ensure bountiful seafood, productive fishing, and on-and-in-the-water enjoyment for generations to come. Our work emphasizes:
- Habitat protections for dwindling fish species so they have safe havens to live and spawn. Protected areas allow fish to grow bigger and reproduce more, which in turn provides healthy fish populations and more seafood and fishing opportunities.
- A holistic approach to managing marine resources. We work with fishery managers to move beyond regulating one species at a time to managing the impacts of fish and fishing on the larger marine ecosystems. We believe different regions require different rules. Ecosystem-based fisheries management will provide a healthier environment where marine life can thrive.
- Protections for fish species that are often caught in large numbers but for which there are no safeguards in place, such as dolphin fish, wahoo, mackerel, and barracuda, as well as important prey species such as herring, ballyhoo, and mullet. Currently there are no federal rules for these species in this region even though they are commercially and recreationally fished.
- The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: the nation’s fishing law that has guided several important fish species toward recovery.
Meet Our Team
- Lee Crockett, director, U.S. Oceans
- Holly Binns, director, U.S. Oceans, Southeast
- Leda Dunmire, manager, U.S. Oceans, Southeast