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.
Just days before a scheduled vote this week by the New England Fishery Management Council on a critical plan to protect fish habitat, the region’s top fisheries official warned council leaders in a strongly worded letter that their emerging proposal does not meet legal requirements or follow the best science. Read More
Each year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency that oversees management of the country’s ocean fishing, reports to Congress on the “status of the stocks.” It’s similar to a State of the Union address but describes the condition of the nation’s fish. Read More
Tim Palmer was the kind of kid who took apart anything his parents gave him and then tried to put it back together. Much of the time, he got it right. Palmer never grew out of that curiosity about how things work—or how they could be improved. So one night off the Florida coast in 2001, as the commercial fisherman patiently waited for swordfish to bite, he started thinking. Read More