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The Bottom Line: A Small 'Catch' in Recent Fisheries Coverage

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.29.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

I want to make an important distinction between catch limits and catch shares, a difference that has been inadequately explained by NOAA and has resulted in some understandable confusion.

The Bottom Line: A Short Season for Big Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.22.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

This year's purse-seine fishing for bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea kicked off this week, but don't blink or you might miss it.

The Bottom Line: Little Fish Do Matter

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.07.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Small fish such as sardines and anchovies don't get much love. But these little fish provide essential food for all the marine life that we like to catch, eat or watch.

For Some, Earth Day Is Every Day

Mike Matz | Posted 06.23.2012 | Green
Mike Matz

These four locations are the focus of legislation moving through Congress, were the subject of a recent Senate hearing, and have bipartisan support. There are unsung heroes who work day after day to promote protection for these wild lands.

The Bottom Line: Fishing for Giants

Lee Crockett | Posted 06.03.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Promoting selective fishing that wastes little ocean wildlife is one key to the bluefin's recovery. Fishermen who use rods and reels, such as those profiled in Wicked Tuna, can specifically target the species and release undersized fish alive.

The Bottom Line: Little Fish, Big Fishery

Lee Crockett | Posted 05.28.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Giving river herring the protection they require and implementing appropriate management practices can ensure that populations of alewives and bluebacks, and the ecosystems they support, will remain healthy for generations.

Where Have All the Farms Gone?

Karen Steuer | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

Long gone are the iconic scenes of American landscapes dotted with family farms and red barns. Most of these have been replaced by industrialized facilities controlled by large corporations that rely on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The Bottom Line: How Investing in Our Fisheries Pays Off

Lee Crockett | Posted 05.21.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Sometimes, an idea comes forward in Washington that actually brings together people who normally disagree. The Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act (FIRRA) of 2012 does that and more.

The Bottom Line: Shifting Gears in the Gulf

Lee Crockett | Posted 05.11.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

For decades, fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico have used surface longlines to catch swordfish and yellowfin tuna, a method catches and kills large numbers of rare and endangered ocean wildlife, which are usually thrown overboard dead or dying.

Settling Ownership of the Bounty of the High Seas

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 05.10.2012 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

Many ocean species that are over-exploited and traded internationally live in areas beyond national jurisdiction, a region known as the high seas that starts 200 miles from shore and covers half the Earth.

Listen to the Lorax: Trees Have Needs

Mike Matz | Posted 05.07.2012 | Green
Mike Matz

My wife and I can hardly wait to take our children to see the new film adaptation of The Lorax -- not only for fun but because it explains so well what I do.

A Way to Generate Power More Efficiently

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 05.07.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

The Clean Energy Standard legislation is a critical step toward a pragmatic policy to enhance our energy independence and security, create jobs, and reduce emissions that pose health and environmental risks.

On the Shoulders of Giants

Mike Matz | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green
Mike Matz

If this history is a guide, and if our "bank" of protected wilderness areas continues to grow, future generations will appreciate the gift.

The Bottom Line: Tracking Tuna in the Cloud

Lee Crockett | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

The future health of Atlantic bluefin tuna populations will be enhanced by improving the ability to track the amount of fish caught each year.

Putting Americans Back to Work With Clean Energy

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

The global clean energy economy has experienced 630% growth since '04. Last year, private investment increased to $260 billion, and installed clean energy capacity exceeded 400 gigawatts -- putting it on par with nuclear power.

Putting Fish Over Politics

Lee Crockett | Posted 04.01.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

There will always be competing needs and viewpoints on how to best manage our nation's fisheries. But the bottom line is that the system is now working.

The Bottom Line: New Year's Resolution 2012: Let's Gain Weight in the Ocean

Lee Crockett | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions for Americans is to lose weight. But for the fish in America's oceans, we need to resolve to help them gain weight.

Overfishing 101: Celebrating a Good Year for Marine Conservation

Lee Crockett | Posted 02.26.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Everyone wants more fish in our oceans -- the challenge today is finding the right way to achieve that goal.

Overfishing 101: Dissecting Sectors

Lee Crockett | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Fishermen no longer throw thousands of pounds of fish overboard because of daily trip limits. And bycatch (the capture of non-target ocean wildlife, which has long been a serious problem in New England) is also on the decline.

America Needs Clean Energy Support

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

In today's competitive global economy, technological innovation is essential to long-term U.S. economic security, and the energy sector should be a particular priority.

Overfishing 101: Postcard From Pendik

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.22.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Where is Pendik, you might wonder? Pendik is a bustling coastal town about an hour south from Istanbul, and it was the location of the 22nd meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.

ICCAT: Time to Tackle What's Really in the Net

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Lee Crockett

What's in a name? If you're talking about ICCAT -- the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas -- so much is contained in that one acronym.

Overfishing 101: A Small Fish With Big Problems

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Commercial fishing should not jeopardize the health of marine ecosystems, recreational fishing opportunities, or public resources.

U.S. Behind, But the Clean Energy Race Is Not Over

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 12.27.2011 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

With the global clean energy market expected to reach $2.3 trillion by 2020, a strong competitive position is vital for the United States to capture a significant portion of that revenue.

Overfishing 101: Counting Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green
Lee Crockett

How heavy is 35,000 metric tons? For starters, it's the weight of 193 jumbo jets or 2,917 African elephants. It's also the amount of Atlantic bluefin tuna that have exceeded the official catch quota in the Mediterranean Sea in the past two years alone.