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.
Aaron Kornbluth, a staff member of The Pew Charitable Trusts, recently had a chance to participate in an Okeanos expedition to Norfolk Canyon, about 75 miles east of Virginia Beach. Aaron got a firsthand look at the challenges of studying the ocean bottom and the rewards of seeing what lives there. Read More
Officials in the mid-Atlantic region are considering important and much-needed protection for some 39,000 square miles of U.S. territory, an area larger than Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey combined. But it’s not a place that you or I have ever visited. Read More
Anglers headed to the Gulf of Mexico often share a favorite target—red snapper. But this very popularity creates two problems: First, there’s a lot of fishing with not enough fish. And second, because it’s difficult to count the total caught by millions of individual anglers, fisheries managers have a hard time ensuring the total catch is sustainable. Read More