New measure to improve the health of our oceans.
Ocean health in the U.S.Federal laws and regulations have set us on a path toward curbing overfishing and rebuilding depleted ocean fish populations in U.S. waters. However, the collateral damage from years of unsustainable fishing practices on habitat and wildlife, coupled with emerging threats related to global climate change, demand new measures to improve the health of our oceans.
Forage fish—also known as baitfish—bind Florida’s marine food webs together. These small, nutrient-rich schooling fish, such as mullet, ballyhoo, and sardines, are a critical food source for other ocean wildlife. They are consumed by coastal birds and larger fish, including tarpon, groupers, and king mackerel, that support the state’s multibillion-dollar fishing industry. Read More
A recent headline in The New York Times sums up what many New England coastal communities have been wrestling with for the past few years: “Waters Warm, and Cod Catch Ebbs in Maine.” Read More