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David Newman, Oceans Program Attorney, New York

David Newman
Some of my best memories are from summers on the New Jersey Shore, getting pummeled in the surf, hoisting blue crab traps, and fishing with my grandfather. I loved the ocean, but soon realized that we were failing to protect it. Medical waste and tar balls began washing ashore in the 1980s, soiling our feet with sticky black goo and closing beaches. I couldn't fathom how people could let this happen and began looking for answers. That quest led me to running grassroots environmental campaigns and, eventually, to law school. I first joined NRDC as a litigation fellow in San Francisco, working on fisheries and offshore oil and gas issues. After some time working on bioenergy issues in Kenya, I rejoined NRDC's Ocean Program in New York in June, 2010. My current work involves using law, policy, science, and public outreach to restore the Nation's wild fisheries to sustainable levels.

Recent Posts

National Academy of Sciences Confirms Successful Rebuilding of U.S. Fisheries, Yet Suggests Weakening the Rules

Posted October 16, 2013 by David Newman

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America’s once-depleted fisheries are now recovering because of strong legal mandates to end overfishing and quickly rebuild fish populations to sustainable levels.  This is big news, especially given the sad state of many fisheries throughout the world these days.  In...continued

Annual Catch Limits Help Black Sea Bass Recover in the South Atlantic

Posted May 24, 2013 by David Newman in Reviving the World's Oceans

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Imagine finding a new species of fish on an alien planet.  Upon close inspection, you notice that the vast majority of individuals are female.  You think: this doesn’t bode well for the species.  And then, something magical occurs – a...continued

Marine Protected Areas Would Restore Ocean Health & Improve Fishing in U.S. South Atlantic

Posted March 4, 2013 by David Newman in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In the crystal clear waters of the Dry Tortugas Ecological Reserve, at the western tip of the Florida Keys, fish populations are recovering and thriving once again. Nearly wiped out by overfishing, black and red grouper, and yellowtail and...continued

Sustaining Fish, Fishermen, and Our Connection to the Sea

Posted January 10, 2013 by David Newman

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Sol Libsohn, "Fulton Street Market: Man with Sea Bass" (1938).  From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.  You’ve heard of farm to table?  How about sea to plate?  Over the past few years, a...continued

Undermining Fisheries Science, Claiming the Opposite

Posted July 19, 2012 by David Newman in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Imagine if your state legislature passed a law, called the “Academic Performance Improvement Act,” that exempted students from having to meet reading standards because they hadn’t had a certain type of academic assessment test, even though their teachers could otherwise...continued

Gone Fishing

Posted June 19, 2012 by David Newman in Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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It’s too early as I struggle from the warm cocoon of bed.  The vague anticipation of adventure is just enough to quiet the urge to lie back down.  Within minutes I’m out the door, down the street, on the subway,...continued

'Extremely Vulnerable' South Atlantic Grouper Need Protection Now

Posted June 8, 2012 by David Newman in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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A year and a half ago, the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that two species of deepwater grouper – speckled hind and warsaw grouper – were both so “extremely vulnerable” that banning their harvest alone “would not be sufficient to...continued

Protections Removed for Imperiled Deepwater Fish Species

Posted May 10, 2012 by David Newman in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) rescinded vital protections today for two severely depleted deepwater fish species in the South Atlantic, speckled hind and warsaw grouper.  These fish are “extremely vulnerable to overfishing,” according to NMFS, as they grow...continued

Whole Foods Stops Selling Unsustainable Seafood

Posted May 7, 2012 by David Newman in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans

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Whole Foods recently became the first major North American retailer to stop selling unsustainable, or red-listed, seafood.  The red listing, as determined by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Blue Ocean Institute, indicates that the fish species is being overfished...continued

One Law is Saving Fish Species from Collapse - We Must Keep it Alive

Posted March 21, 2012 by David Newman in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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For the first time in a generation, fish populations are getting healthier – science-based management and rebuilding requirements have led to the recovery of 23 fish species since 2000, according to NOAA Fisheries. This list includes popular fish like New...continued

America's World-Best Fishing Model Must Not Be Destroyed

Posted January 13, 2012 by David Newman in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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The ocean waters under America’s jurisdiction are larger than any other nation. From the Coast of Maine to the Mariana Islands in the Pacific, U.S. marine waters are 23 percent greater than the nation’s entire land area. While impressive, what...continued

Learning from Summer Flounder's Successful Recovery

Posted December 15, 2011 by David Newman in Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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There’s good news to report: a recent scientific assessment has confirmed that summer flounder, or fluke as it’s more commonly known, has been restored to a healthy population level after decades of overfishing.  The reasons for this success: disciplined...continued

Why Are We Killing Coral Reefs?

Posted November 11, 2011 by David Newman in Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, Solving Global Warming

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Coral reefs are likely to become the first ecosystem completely destroyed by humans, predicts Dr. Peter Sale, a leading United Nations ecologist.  His new book, Our Dying Planet, explains: “It is not pollution, or overfishing, or mass bleaching, or...continued

Setting the Record Straight on Bluefin Tuna

Posted August 17, 2011 by David Newman in Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Last week, I received a comment on a recent blog accusing me of posting a “factually flawed” and “extremely misleading” report of a new study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the dangers facing global...continued

NRDC Helps Win Protections for Vulnerable South Atlantic Fish Populations

Posted August 13, 2011 by David Newman in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Last week, I reported that the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) was on the verge of removing more than three dozen fish species from protective management.  Ironically, this short-sighted proposal was in response to a Congressional mandate to set...continued

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