General Links

FishBase is a database with photos and information about virtually all known fish to science.
Shifting Baselines
Discover what our oceans used to look like 100 years ago with these witty PSAs.
The ocean Project
A central clearinghouse on all the issues and information related to ocean conservation.
Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association
Learn about this organization's work to promote environmentally friendly fishing practices and value added seafood products.
Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Learn about MCBI's new Ocean Habitat Protection Act.
Pacific Marine Conservation Council
Discover how fishing communities and citizens are coming together to sustain healthy and diverse marine ecosystems on the West Coast.
Explore the Depths with Environmental Defense
Click through a slideshow, test your ocean IQ and find out how fishermen and environmentalists are teaming up to keep our Oceans Alive.
National Fisheries Conservation Center
Read more about national debates on management measures, including Individual Transferable Quotas.

For Reading

“Heal the Ocean”
By Rod Fujita, 2003, New Society Publishers
After so much bad news, people are thirsting for workable solutions to the oceans crisis. Heal the Ocean provides a refreshing change by emphasizing success stories in the struggle to save the seas.
“From Abundance to Scarcity: A History of U.S. Marine Fisheries Policy”
by Michael L. Weber, January 2002, Island Press.
This book examines the historical evolution of U.S. fisheries policy and institutions from the late 19th century to the present day. Based on archival research and interviews with dozens of key players in marine policymaking, it traces the thinking, legislation, mandates, and people that have shaped the various agencies governing fisheries in the United States.
“Fully-protected marine reserves: a guide”
by Callum M. Roberts and Julie P. Hawkins, 2000, World Wildlife Fund, Washington DC and University of York, U.K.
Download this free publication that explains the theory behind fully-protected reserves, supplemented by a series of case studies showing some of the most interesting reserves from around the world.
“Seafood Lover's Almanac”
editor: Mercedes Lee, contributors: Suzanne Ludicello and Carl Safina, 2000, National Audubon Society.
Featuring whimsical paintings by Robert Shetterly and exquisite watercolor illustrations by Charlotte Knox, Seafood Lover's Almanac combines beautiful art and graphics with information about the trail of seafood. Covers the natural and sometimes eccentric lives of fish and shellfish, nutrition and health benefits of seafood, how specific fish are caught or farmed, alternative choices to species in trouble, and recipes.
“Mattanza: The Ancient Sicilian Ritual of Bluefin Tuna Fishing”
by Theresa Maggio, 2000, Penguin Books.
Mattanza is the riveting story of Maggio's annual return to witness the tonnara--a timeless struggle between man and the sea. An alluring blend of memoir, history, and travelogue, Mattanza documents an insular and exotic world where the tonnara continues according to ancient ritual, even as modern fishing methods edge it toward extinction.
“Fish, Markets, and Fishermen: The Economics of Overfishing”
by Suzanne Iudicello, Michael Weber, and Robert Wieland, 1999, Island Press.
This book argues that overfishing is an inevitable consequence of the current sets of incentives facing ocean fishermen. The authors provide a primer on fish population biology and the economics of fisheries under various access regimes, and use that information in analyzing policies for managing fisheries.
“Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts & Beneath the Seas”
by Carl Safina, 1997, Henry Holt and Company.
Scientist and fisherman Carl Safina tells the stories of fish and fishing people around the world. Safina tackles the difficult problems, but offers examples of sustainable fisheries that could be models for a new approach to ocean resources.
“Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World”
by Mark Kurlansky, 1997, Penguin Books.
Cod is a charming tour of history with all its economic forces laid bare and a fish story embellished with great gastronomic detail. It is also a tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fish stocks, where once the cod's numbers were legendary.
“Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans”
by Sylvia Earle, 1995, Ballantine Books.
Sea Change is at once the gripping adventure story of Earle's three decades of undersea exploration, an insider's introduction to the dynamic field of marine biology, and an urgent plea for the preservation of the world's fragile and rapidly deteriorating ocean ecosystems. Earle takes us along on journeys to places of unimaginable beauty and unutterable destruction.