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.
Across the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific bluefin tuna is in trouble. The latest stock assessment suggests the overall population is down to only 4 percent of its historic size. Read More
The regional council charged with sustainably managing fishing in New England will grapple this week with the alarming decline of one of the region’s most important fish species, cod. Once so bountiful that it built New England’s economy, this fish is now at an all-time low—an estimated 3 percent of a healthy population in the Gulf of Maine and less than 10 percent on nearby... Read More
With its rich fishing history, bountiful ocean resources, and long record of leadership in marine science, New England should be the flagship U.S. fisheries management region. Instead, it is mired in an ongoing crisis that threatens the viability of the fish and the fishing communities that helped build the region's economy. Read More