Although we've made remarkable progress toward ending overfishing and restoring depleted populations, we have been missing the bigger picture by focusing on individual species -- the marine version of missing the forest for the trees.
Start-ups, not-for-profits, small (and large) businesses come and go. During the holidays of 2004, while sitting at my desk in the basement of my parent's home, the question for me became; if this business failed tomorrow, what did I do with it?
These species and a host of other Pacific marine predators need to eat plenty of small fish to survive and thrive. In fact, to understand the well-being of an ocean ecosystem, one of the first steps is to measure the food supply upon which other larger species depend.
A historic fish faces its own pivotal moment. Menhaden numbers have plunged nearly 90 percent over the past 25 years, and the regulators responsible for their management will soon make a critical decision.
Any doctor would point out that this year's report wasn't a clean bill of health: Thirty six of America's most commercially and recreationally important ocean fish populations are still subject to overfishing, and 45 have been depleted to unhealthy levels.