Mid-Atlantic Ocean Conservation

Mid-Atlantic region ocean ecosystems support 12 species of fish.

ocean health in the mid-atlantic region


The highly productive coastal and ocean ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic region benefit from major estuaries of the Hudson and Delaware rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. These ecosystems support 12 species of fish managed by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council. These fish, sought by more than 4.7 million recreational fishermen, also support a healthy commercial fishing industry that sustains the economies and quality of life in coastal towns. In 2006, the commercial fishing sector and related businesses contributed billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and approximately 160,000 jobs.

Many of the Mid-Atlantic’s depleted populations are making progress under critical rebuilding plans, and managers need to stay the course. Sustainable populations of fish in the Mid-Atlantic region will result in healthier coastal and ocean ecosystems for the benefit of everyone. These fish populations will support and enhance the commercial and recreational fisheries in the region, creating stability and guaranteeing the long-term success of coastal communities.

Pew led a campaign to help ensure that federal fishery managers in the Mid-Atlantic end overfishing and rebuild depleted fish populations. In addition, Pew leads similar campaigns in New England, the South Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Read more about our federal fisheries policy work.

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  • The Bottom Line

    Lee Crockett's “Overfishing 101” blog provided an authoritative primer on federal fisheries policy. It also spotlighted historic milestones and celebrated success stories. His new series, “The Bottom Line,” will continue to explore fisheries management issues, while taking on other related subjects to provide a more in-depth look at the issues facing our ocean fish. With this blog, we hope... Read More

  • Managing Menhaden for the Good of All

    Atlantic menhaden are a vital food source for many marine species. Fishery managers can protect ocean ecosystems by ensuring that enough menhaden are left in the water to meet the needs of those other species. Read More

  • Protect Deep-Sea Corals

    The U.S. continental shelf’s edge in the Atlantic Ocean contains submerged cliffs and canyons that shelter hundreds of species, including magnificent deep-sea corals. These corals provide habitat for many fish and invertebrates and are among the oldest animals on Earth. Read More