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The House of Representatives will soon vote on a bill that threatens the progress we've made for our oceans and fisheries. Sign now to tell your representative to vote against H.R. 1335.

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Santa Barbara Spill Shows Again That There is No Good Way to Clean up Ocean Oil Spills

Latest Accident Serves as Yet Another Reminder of Environmental Risks

Washington, DC, USA

Deputy Chief Scientist

May, 2015

Federal Fisheries Council Votes to Close West Coast Sardine Fishery

The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted at its April meeting to close the Pacific sardine fishery early for the remainder of the 2015 season, and to keep the fishery closed during the 2015 to 2016 season. A new scientific assessment by the National Marine Fisheries Service finds the sardine population has collapsed by 91 percent since 2007, and that the population is estimated to be at 96,688 metric tons, far below the 150,000 metric tons required for fishing to occur. The fishery crash is causing ecological effects on marine wildlife, which may have widespread and lasting implications. The Council’s action marks an important first step towards recovering this important forage fish. Moving forward, Oceana is requesting the Council overhaul its fishery management plan to account for ecosystem needs and increase the amount of sardines that must be left in the ocean before fishing should be allowed to occur in the future.

As Opposition to Offshore Drilling Mounts, Activists to Join “Hands Across the Sand” for Annual International Day of Action

This week, as hundreds of conservation stakeholders from across the United States convened in Washington, D.C. for the Blue Vision Summit,...