The Small Town Boy Who Charted a New Course for Our Oceans

The author and Bill Hogarth pose for a picture in St. Petersburg, Florida in January 2015.

As a North Carolina graduate student, Bill Hogarth remembers fishermen proudly hanging giant marlin high on the wharf at Morehead City so people could admire and photograph the prized catch. But after the crowds lost interest, it was Hogarth’s job to cut down the nearly half-ton behemoths and watch their lifeless bodies float out to sea.

Hogarth meets with Lee Crockett, director of fish policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts, in St. Petersburg, Fla., in January 2015.

Some 50 years ago, many people saw the ocean’s bounty as limitless. But those images of wasted fish made a lasting impression on Hogarth, who eventually brought a conservation ethic to his role as the country’s head of ocean fisheries under President George W. Bush.

“You could see the impact of the waste. I remember thinking that this couldn’t last,” recalled Hogarth, now 75 and director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. I caught up with him recently when I went to Florida to oversee planning for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ ocean conservation work in the Southeast.

Through my years of environmental conservation work, I’ve seen Hogarth stay true to his mission: helping —> Read More Here


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