U.S. Ocean Conservation

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.

Our Work

  • Starving Pups: It's More Than A Sea Lion Problem

    Here on the West Coast, sea lions evoke plenty of emotions. Some people love them, while others see them as a nuisance. Whatever your view, it’s unsettling to see hundreds of emaciated sea lion pups turning up along the California coast in what could be one of the worst stranding events on record. Such a dramatic event points to something out of balance in our ocean. Read More

  • West Coast Fishery Leaders Protect Forage Fish

    Without a doubt, this is a great day for everyone who has a stake in a healthy ocean. West Coast fishery leaders acted March 9 to protect numerous species of forage fish because of the critical role they play in the marine food web. Read More

  • Big-Picture Fisheries Mangement

    The fish caught in the ocean—whether by commercial fishermen or recreational anglers—are part of ecosystems that are threatened by overfishing, habitat destruction, warming ocean waters, and other stressors. These ecosystems are composed of interconnected predators and prey and their habitats, and damage to any of these components can cause ripple effects that jeopardize the health of... Read More

Media Contact

Kymberly Escobar

Director, Communications

202.887.8814