Partner Spotlight: Healthy Gulf

Partner Spotlight: Healthy Gulf

Dolphins swimming in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay, which was heavily impacted by oil from the 2010 BP disaster. Founded in 1994, Healthy Gulf (formerly Gulf Restoration Network) has a mission of empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico region. Healthy Gulf works on a number of broad program areas […]

The “Why” of Managing Fisheries

The “Why” of Managing Fisheries

Top Photo: Atlantic Herring Fisheries management is often viewed as a scientific discipline, but science is only one aspect of the management process. Before biologists can determine how a fishery ought to be managed, they need to understand the politics and policies that determine why management measures are needed. These days, we often think of […]

Celebrating National Ocean Month

Celebrating National Ocean Month

June is National Ocean Month, a time to recognize the importance of our oceans to our nation’s economy, environment, culture and enjoyment. Marine Fish Conservation Network partners have shared why we celebrate our oceans. “The ocean, its beauty, the life it harbors, its incredible power to provide – I am, we all are, inextricably tied […]

Restaurants & Fishermen Unite For Seafood Labeling Law

Restaurants & Fishermen Unite For Seafood Labeling Law

On Tuesday May 7, the Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 335, a new law that would require restaurants to display the country of origin for all shrimp and crawfish. The bill was reported out of the Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee on May 22 and passed the Senate yesterday. Could this bill […]

Climate Change and the Carbon Dividend Act

Climate Change and the Carbon Dividend Act

Reprinted with permission from Oncorhynchus, the quarterly newsletter of the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Climate change and ocean acidification pose significant threats to both fresh and saltwater fishes. Phenomena such as the 2015–2016 Gulf of Alaska “warm blob” are identified as drivers in the 80% drop in Central Gulf Pacific Cod abundance […]

Anglers Advocate for Conservation, Enhanced Data & Climate Change Tools

Anglers Advocate for Conservation, Enhanced Data & Climate Change Tools

Capt. John McMurray of One More Cast Charters, NY testified last Wednesday before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife. Anglers, guides, charter captains and fishing industry leaders met in Washington, DC recently to push to maintain strong conservation measures in our national fishing law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). Provisions such as […]

House Starts Dialogue to Build on Magnuson-Stevens Act Success

House Starts Dialogue to Build on Magnuson-Stevens Act Success

Water, Oceans & Wildlife Subcommittee Hearing Recap On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Chairman Jared Huffman (D-CA) called the Water, Oceans and Wildlife subcommittee to order for a two-panel, educational hearing on “The State of Fisheries.” The first panel focused on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing – often referred to as IUU fishing. The second panel […]