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.
Fishing for Gulf of Mexico red snapper used to be red-hot, but that was decades ago. Just ask Bartholomew “Buster” Niquet. He started as a deck hand on a party boat out of Panama City, Florida, in the 1970s and later became captain. His clients would load up on every trip with hundreds of pounds of red and vermilion snapper, porgies, and red and gag grouper. Banner days were a dime a... Read More
Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service published a proposed rule that would weaken management guidelines intended to prevent overfishing and rebuild depleted fish populations. During a recent comment period, more than 100,000 members of the public urged NOAA Fisheries to fix the proposal, which, if implemented in its current form, would... Read More
The United States’ status as a global leader in preventing overfishing and in rebuilding depleted populations of ocean fish is in jeopardy from an unexpected source: the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More