The Gulf of Mexico fisheries are some of the most productive in the world. However, overfishing, bycatch and habitat destruction have led to a rapid decline in the health of many Gulf fish populations. Sustainable management of our fisheries under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act have led to rebounds in fish populations, but the Magnuson-Stevens Act is under attack. GRN works with fishers, chefs and others to support management that will ensure a positive future for our Gulf fisheries.
The Gulf of Mexico is home to 15,000 different types of sea birds, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, shellfish and fish. Many of these species are at risk due to accidental catch and death by fishing gear, reduced sources of food, oil spills, the introduction of non-native species and pollution. GRN works to protect the Gulf’s marine wildlife through advocacy and organizing.
Shallow and deep water corals, mangroves, oyster reefs, seagrasses and other marine habitats offer areas for fish and other creatures to thrive, sustain local fishing communities and protect coastal communities from storms and flooding. Pollution, oil and gas development,and the acidification of our oceans due to climate change are degrading water quality and destroying these precious habitats. Sustaining these important habitats is one of the greatest challenges we face and GRN us working to protect and restore these habitats. We work to reduce the pollution into the Gulf, collaborate with conservation partners to protect important fish habitat, such as spawning areas and deep water corals, and advocate for greater regulation of the oil industry.