South Atlantic Ocean Conservation

Vibrant fish populations are vital to healthy oceans and important to coastal communities from North Carolina to Florida. Protecting marine ecosystems can help ensure the abundant fish populations that are essential for bountiful seafood, productive fishing, and on-and-in-the-water enjoyment for generations to come. Our work emphasizes:

  • Habitat protections for dwindling fish species so they have safe havens to live and spawn.  Protected areas allow fish to grow bigger and reproduce more, which in turn means healthier fish populations that can provide more seafood and fishing opportunities.
  • A holistic approach to managing marine resources.  We work with fishery managers to move beyond regulating one species at a time to considering the impacts of fish and fishing on  entire ecosystems. Ecosystem-based fisheries management will provide a healthier environment where marine life can thrive.
  • Recovery of depleted fish populations, such as red snapper. Following plans to rebuild fish species will produce bountiful harvests for the future.
  • The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: the nation’s fishing law that has guided several important fish species, including black sea bass, toward recovery.