Our vast, global ocean is a constant reminder of humankind’s fragility and impermanence. A moment at the mercy of a crashing wave demands respect for nature’s strength. A glimpse of a 40-foot humpback whale makes us feel impossibly small on our big, blue planet. And an encounter with a white shark takes us to another time, … Continue reading SDG 14: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Women
Washington, DC—October 22, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Brian Schatz –who introduced the pirate fishing bill in May 2015—and other cosponsors for making passage of the pirate fishing bill (HR 774) a bipartisan priority that passed the Senate last night. The legislation greatly strengthens … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Final Passage of the Pirate Fishing Bill (HR. 774);
“To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation is to dehumanize them.” – Nelson Mandela According to the World Food and Agriculture Organization, about 85% of fish populations around the world are fully exploited or overfished and need … Continue reading Sold at Sea
Washington, DC—April 30, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Delegate Madeline Bordallo, R (Guam), Representative Don Young, R (AK), Chairman Rob Bishop, R (UT), and a group of bipartisan cosponsors for making this a bipartisan priority and marking up H.R. 774, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (H.R. 774) in House Natural Resources Committee
As water rushed into the ship and flooded the hull, any remaining evidence of illegal fishing activity disappeared as the Thunder, a notorious pirate fishing ship slowly sank into the ocean. Judging by the cheers from the captain and crew (conveniently already in life rafts), the Thunder’s demise was intentional, bringing to an end the … Continue reading The Ones that Might Get Away
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, praises the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of State and the twelve other federal agencies that form the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud for releasing their final Action Plan for reducing the imports of … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Praises IUU Task Force Action Plan and Challenges Congress to Respond with Bipartisan Legislation
Source: NOAA The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently completed a study on fish stocks off of the coast of California. NOAA found that not only was there an increase in hauls, but an increase in monetary value to the fishermen. Why the increase? NOAA hypothesizes it was because of the catch … Continue reading The Proof is in the Pudding…or Fish Stocks
Just the name may make you quiver, but what hagfish (family: myxinidae) may lack in glamour is compensated for by their performance in nutrient recycling in an ocean ecosystem. Known for their ability to excrete exorbitant amounts of slime–not to mention their three extra hearts and one extra brain–this stomachless fish promotes the health of … Continue reading An Unloved Fish that Needs Attention
Headlining Time Magazine this week is the debated issue of aquaculture’s role in the future of fish consumption. Despite the efforts to protect our oceans and build sustainable fisheries, ocean resources continue to quiver on the edge of extinction, forcing us to find an alternative to fishing. For example, look at the case of tuna. … Continue reading Fish Farms: The Answer to Sustainable Consumption?
The newly released book titled “World Without Fish” by Mark Kurlansky, award-winning writer, is a must read! Mark Kurlansky also wrote the award-winning bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell, as well as many others. World Without Fish is written a bit differently … Continue reading The World Without Fish, Read All About It!