Since taking office, President Trump has launched a frightening assault on U.S. ocean conservation and governance. Previous administrations have pursued marine conservation as a bipartisan issue, with both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama designating large protected areas in important biodiversity hotspots. Now, the Trump administration is threatening the future of our National … Continue reading Scary Threats to Our Marine Protected Areas
[Seattle, WA] Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke today submitted undisclosed recommendations to the White House on the fate of two dozen land and marine monuments culminating a process begun in April when President Trump issued Executive Order 13792. The unprecedented review questioned the validity and need for 21 land monuments and 5 marine monuments created … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Critical of Secretary of Interior Zinke’s Review of Marine National Monuments
June is a month of important turning points: the solstice on June 21st when summer officially begins; World Oceans Day on June 8th, which heralds a changing relationship between humans and the ocean that supports all of us, and June 4-5th when the course of WWII in the Pacific changed in a climactic battle between … Continue reading Port State Measures Agreement
President Barack Obama has proclaimed June 2015 as National Oceans Month! In his statement the President calls upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve and restore our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. As an organization dedicated to securing strong, permanent protection for our oceans’ most important places, Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled with the … Continue reading National Oceans Month, June 2015!
President Obama will sign a proclamation tomorrow to designate the largest marine reserve in the world. His proclamation expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 83,000 square miles to 490,000 square miles. To protect the whales, seabirds, sea turtles, fishes and corals in this region of the central and western Pacific Ocean, commercial fishing and … Continue reading President Barack Obama Makes Ocean Conservation History by Creating the Largest Protected Area on Earth
Since President Obama announced his intent to consider expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a great deal of conversation has focused on current fishing practices in the potentially affected areas. In particular, there has been concern expressed that a monument expansion would severely impact the Hawai’i-based longline fleet. However, since 1994, the fishing activity by this fleet in the waters surrounding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument has been minimal, and has generally declined over the past 5-10 years.
Of the number of fish (all species) caught and kept by the fishing fleet in 2012, only 5.18% came from the Pacific Remote Islands Area (PRIA). The percentage of all tunas (the most highly sought after group of species) caught in the PRIA and kept by the fleet in 2012 was 6.55%. Additional details on overall catch levels, specific tuna species, and fishing effort are shown in the figures below.
All data taken from annual summary reports of fishing effort and catch statistics for US longline vessels landing in Hawai’i as derived from the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Pacific Daily Longline Fishing Log records. All figures are based on the number of fish caught and kept by the Honolulu, Hawai’i-based longline fleet. Additional figures and raw data available upon request.
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Join leading marine, natural and social scientists asking President Obama to “dramatically accelerate protections for U.S. waters” in no-take marine reserves. We are seeking scientists from around the world to show their support for this. Why now? As you may be aware, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his State Department are hosting the … Continue reading Calling All Marine Scientists – Support Marine Reserves!