The State of the Ocean is Not Red or Blue

The State of the Ocean is Not Red or Blue

When the House passed a bill earlier this year proposing changes to the nation’s fisheries law, the Magnuson Act, the vote went straight down party lines. YEA votes were 98% Republican, with only 5 Democrats on board. That seems like business as usual for Congress these days, but it wasn’t always so. The two previous […]

Pass The Menhaden, Please!

Pass The Menhaden, Please!

This blog post appears as part of our “Focus on Forage Fish” series, which highlights the importance of managing prey species for ocean ecosystems. For those who think allocating Atlantic menhaden and other key prey species between fisheries and predators, without the use of highly-complex ecosystem models, would be “arbitrary,” think of it instead the […]

Go Slow

Go Slow

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 has been a success. The number of overfished stocks has never been lower in the law’s 40 year history. It’s not perfect by any means, and Congress is reviewing the Act to consider changes, as it does every 10 years. In my view, there are ways […]

Marking Time: New Menhaden Stock Assessment Highlights (Yet Again) The Need for Ecosystem Goals

Marking Time: New Menhaden Stock Assessment Highlights (Yet Again) The Need for Ecosystem Goals

[On Tuesday, May 5th, a 15-state Atlantic Menhaden Management Board will decide the next steps in conserving “the most important fish in the sea,” based on the latest stock assessment; whether to continue toward an ecosystems approach that protects menhaden’s ecological role as forage, or reverse course in favor of the industry.] We have all […]