Pacific Ocean Conservation

Our fact sheets and other materials are easy-to-understand guides to many of the major fishery issues along the U.S. West Coast. For more in-depth details, view our letters to policy makers, testimony, and other reports.

Research & Analysis

  • ‘A Healthy Ecosystem Depends on Forage Fish’

    “Skua!” The bow of the 52-foot tour boat dips forward, then rises to meet the horizon. “Skua!” the call comes again from veteran birder David Mandel. He’s spotted a south polar skua off the starboard bow, one of scores of sightings throughout a daylong offshore birding trip hosted by Tim Shelmerdine of Oregon Pelagic Tours. For many on the tour, this skua is a... Read More

  • A Better Way to Catch Swordfish, While Turning a Profit

    Ever since California approved the use of drift gillnets to catch swordfish in the early 1980s, the fishery has been tangled in controversy because of the damage this gear causes ocean ecosystems. Read More

  • Safer Fishing Gear Can Also Be Profitable

    A new economic analysis concludes that deep-set buoy gear—innovative equipment for catching swordfish that minimizes the catch of nontarget species such as dolphins and sea lions—can be profitable for fishermen and provide a volume of locally caught swordfish comparable to the predominant method, drift gillnets. These findings come as the Pacific Fishery Management Council is... Read More

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