New England Ocean Conservation

Priorities

Ecosystem Planning

New England's economy was built on the teeming fishing grounds off its shores, turning the region into an international powerhouse by the eighteenth century.The advance of technology increased the efficiency of fishing operations. Unfortunately, misguided management decisions gave an illusion of prosperity that persisted until recently; as fish dwindled, the dollars kept flowing. Today, over half of the historic fish populations are desperately overfished, a mere shadow of what they were, and the recent decade has witnessed a mass exodus of fishermen from the historic fishing industry.

Media Contact

Christine Fletcher

Officer, Communications

202.540.6908