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.
Fishery managers are requesting public comment on several new potential rules for the industrial Atlantic herring fishery, which involves the East Coast’s largest fishing vessels. Read More
Approximately 140,000 square miles of sensitive West Coast ocean habitat is now protected thanks to years of effort by scientists, fishermen, and conservation organizations. In a landmark decision, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) in early April voted to close an area roughly twice the size of Washington state to bottom trawling. Nearly 90 percent of this will also be closed to any... Read More
Scientists on a mission to explore the darkest depths of the Gulf of Mexico are using modern techniques to unveil the secrets of ancient deep-sea corals that help show why these organisms are worthy of protection. Read More