U.S. Ocean Conservation

New measure to improve the health of our oceans.

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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

  • Pew Comments on NOAA’s Proposed National Standard 1 Guidelines

    In January 2015, the federal government proposed revising guidelines that fishery managers use to prevent overfishing and rebuild overfished stocks. These guidelines implement National Standard 1 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law governing management of U.S. ocean fish. Read More

  • Fishing Blind

    A recent move by New England ocean fisheries management officials to suspend monitoring of commercial fishing vessels is the latest sign of disarray in a program meant to provide reliable, independent information about fishing. A good monitoring system tracks the amount and types of fish taken from the water and also gathers information about the "bycatch," or nontarget animals killed by fishing.... Read More

  • Going To the Mat for Fish and Fishermen

    On one side: fish. On the other side: fishermen. In the middle: Zeke Grader. For more than four decades, the California-based fishing advocate has worked to find common ground between taking care of the environment and looking out for the needs of family fishermen. Read More

Media Contact

Kymberly Escobar

Director, Communications

202.887.8814