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Fish Conservation

Fish Conservation

Part of West Marine's mission statement is to “conserve marine resources” so that future generations can enjoy fish and sustainable fishing. Most people do not realize that in spite of the vastness of the oceans, many fish species are seriously overfished and depleted. Each year, millions of tons of “bycatch”–fish, turtles, corals, birds, etc. unintentionally caught by certain types of longlines and trawl nets–are thrown back, dead or dying, into the sea. In addition, bottom trawling “rakes” the ocean floor, disturbing and destroying bottom habitat. Without care and protection, the health and biodiversity of our oceans will be continue to be at risk.

Our Partners:

Golden Gate Salmon Association

Save California Salmon

Salmon seasons were closed in 2008 and 2009. This year's season has been very strong, future seasons won't remain strong without your help. Without a long-term solution that makes conservation and restoration of wild Central Valley salmon a priority, future salmon seasons will be in jeopardy.

The Sacramento River salmon run is the second biggest run in the continental U.S. and could be in serious trouble. Between 2002 and 2010 there was a 90% drop in the numbers of spawning salmon, primarily due to inadequate freshwater flows through the Delta. Beginning in 2008, Federal agencies imposed stronger standards to protect salmon and other fish in the Bay-Delta system that resulted in the 2008/2009 salmon season closures. These protective actions were validated by the National Academy of Science. Thanks to these protections, along with some wet winters, the salmon are back this year!

The salmon fishery provides jobs, nutrition and fun for thousands of Californians. In California alone the salmon industry provides 23,000 jobs and $1.4 billion dollars to coastal communities from Monterey to the Oregon Border.

However the core issue of water management in California remains. The lack of water reduces spawning and the health of our salmon population. With appropriate use and conservation, there is enough water to protect and restore wild salmon while addressing the reasonable needs of other water users.

YOU CAN HELP! If you want these great salmon seasons to continue, or are interested in protecting salmon populations, please log on to the Golden Gate Salmon Association's (GGSA) website and sign the Salmon Declaration of Support. There is no obligation. GGSA represents California's salmon fishing interests with the goal of restoring and conserving California's largest salmon producing habitat

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Angler Action–Where Florida Anglers Count!

The Angler Action trip record is the most active user-submitted record of game fish catch, harvest, and release data on the Web. Here anglers and fishery biologists work together to expand our knowledge base, providing a once missing element in the understanding of game fish populations and distributions.

Adding angler supplied data to what is currently available to fishery managment gives a fuller picture of fish stocks for stronger science based, fishery managment decisions.

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Atlantic Tuna Project

Atlantic Tuna Project

The Atlantic Tuna Project is dedicated to providing easy access for recreational anglers, both private and charter, to practice catch, tag and release for Atlantic tunas such as bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye and longfin. Enrolling in the program is FREE and open to all private and charter boats fishing for tunas in the Atlantic Ocean.

Go to to enroll in the program, request free tags from NOAA's Cooperative Tagging Center and learn how to tag safely.

Sponsors, like West Marine, contribute to the program and provide rewards for Captains and anglers who participate in the program.



TISIRI Corp is a 501c3, non-profit, organization focusing on the creation and promotion of artificial reefs. TISIRI stands for “Think It, Sink It, Reef It.” We generate reef concepts, address the logistics, and ultimately create marine bio-diverse hotspots. These reefs are appreciated by fisherman, divers, environmentalists, industries, and governments.

In Oct 2010, TISIRI executed a West Marine sponsored reef cleanup objective. Several Jacksonville artificial reef sites were visited by divers equipped with knives, scissors, and mesh bags in an effort to remove accumulated fishing line. Divers targeted other debris they determined hazardous to the reef environment as well but, because of its entanglement threat, fishing line was the priority.
See the video at right telling the story of the project.

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Snook Foundation

Snook Foundation

Snook Foundation is a not for profit 501-3-C Corporation organized by William R Mote, in 1998, as a platform for anglers and conservationists to preserve, protect and enhance Snook populations. Mote believed that a brighter future for all fisheries is in the hands of informed anglers.

Snook Foundation's Angler Action Program is the voice of anglers in fishery management and stock assessment. For the first time ever, anglers can report their daily fishing trips in less than 2 minutes. This accurate information is shared with fisheries managers in the form of CPUE (catch rate per unit of effort). And the data comes from the best possible source – direct from you and your fishing buddies. SnookWatch is the first phase of the program, and lets you report all snook caught and released or harvested.

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Coastal Conservation Association

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA)

A non-profit organization, comprises 17 coastal state chapters spanning the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific coasts. CCA’s strength is drawn from the tens of thousands of recreational saltwater anglers who make up its membership.  From South Texas to the upper reaches of Maine to Puget Sound, CCA’s grassroots influence is felt through state capitols, U.S. Congress and, most importantly, in the conservation and restoration of our coastal marine resources.

Through broad-based recreational angler support, a strong legal and legislative presence, more than 30 years of experience and an unwavering vision for the future of U.S. and global marine resources, CCA will continue to battle for the health and longevity of our coastal fisheries and for recreational anglers’ interests in them.

Blue Ocean Institute

Blue Ocean Institute

From Arctic Alaskan fishing villages to Zanzibar’s shores, the staff of Blue Ocean Institute studies and articulates how the ocean is changing and how everything humans do—both on land and at sea—affects the waters, wildlife, and people of our world.

Blue Ocean Institute is the only conservation organization that uses science, art, and literature to inspire a closer bond with nature, especially the sea. We translate scientific information into language people can understand and use to make better choices on behalf of the sea.

The Seafood MiniGuide, created by Blue Ocean Institute, is designed to educate people about these fish stocks. Most people do not realize that in spite of the vastness of the oceans, many fish species are seriously depleted or fished in a unsustainable manner. In addition, millions of tons of "bycatch", fish, birds, turtles, etc., are unintentionally caught, are dumped needlessly back into the sea each year. You can help the situation by using the Seafood MiniGuide to help inform your choices next time you're in a restaurant or fish store.

To learn more about the Blue Ocean Institute and the Seafood MiniGuide visit


FishAmerica Foundation

The FishAmerica Foundation is the American Sportfishing Association’s conservation and research foundation. Since 1983, the FishAmerica Foundation has awarded $12.1 million to 1,007 projects in all fifty states and Canada to enhance fish populations, restore fishery habitats, improve water quality and advance fishery research to ensure that millions of Americans and future generations enjoy recreational fishing.

In support of its mission, FishAmerica empowers local communities and leverages volunteer support to invest in improving sportfishing opportunities and habitat conservation. To learn more about the FishAmerica Foundation and to view project highlights visit

Additional Resources for Fish Conservation

Seafood Mini Guide
Ocean friendly Sushi
Toss Back Tuesdays

Sportfishing Conservation Associations

Government Agencies

Environmental Groups