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H.R. 200 Hurts Fish and Fishermen

Yesterday, in a troubling vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, jeopardizing the future of sustainable fisheries and insulting the years of bipartisan, science-based efforts that have defined fisheries management in the United States. … More Info »

The Magnuson-Stevens Act: A Safety Net for the Future

Despite the success of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, certain recreational and commercial fishing interests are now supporting legislation, H.R. 200, that would return us to a past they seem to have conveniently forgotten. … More Info »

Trump Administration Repeals National Ocean Policy

The Trump Administration repealed and replaced the National Ocean Policy this week, taking a major step backwards for the responsible stewardship of our ocean and ocean resources. … More Info »

NOAA Reports on Status of the Stocks

NOAA Fisheries recently released the Status of the Stocks 2017 report. This report is an annual update to Congress on the condition of managed fisheries in the United States and provides the opportunity to reflect on the year’s progress as well as identify opportunities for improvement. … More Info »

Fisheries Bills Would Increase Risk of Overfishing in U.S. Waters

American fisheries have come a long way since decades of overfishing left our waters heavily depleted. Now, two bills pending in Congress would undermine that progress, hurting our country’s fisheries and all who depend on them, including fishermen. … More Info »

An Opportunity to Build Stronger, Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the federal law governing nation’s fisheries, is up for reauthorization in Congress. The MSA has worked in rebuilding fish populations; now, it should be strengthened to ensure we’re able to save and restore still-struggling species like the iconic Atlantic cod – before it’s too late.  … More Info »

National Seafood Month: Chef Bun Lai Pioneers Sustainable Sushi

Bun Lai is the James Beard-nominated chef of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, CT. Miya’s is known for being the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world. To celebrate National Seafood Month, Chef Bun Lai speaks about forging a new path, and why it’s important to think of the environment when choosing seafood.  … More Info »

One That Didn’t Get Away: The Atlantic Sea Scallop and the Future of Fishing

During National Seafood Month, it is important to appreciate the tremendous benefits the Cape and seafood consumers across the country have enjoyed thanks to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which Congress is revisiting this year. In fact, without the science-based fisheries management required by this law, our rich heritage might have become ancient history. … More Info »

Commerce Department Sets Dangerous Precedent in Overrule of Fishery Commission

President Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, is making waves in fisheries management—and setting a dangerous precedent that may undermine future efforts to protect vulnerable fish stocks in the Northeast. … More Info »

“Data, data, data”

The Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing today on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the primary federal law governing our nation’s fisheries. It was the first in a series of hearings about the MSA and its reauthorization; the focus of this particular hearing was to understand NOAA’s and the regional councils’ perspectives. The testifying witnesses were Chis Oliver, the newly appointed administrator of NOAA Fisheries, and Dr. John Quinn, Chairman of the Council Coordination Committee and the New England Fishery Management Council (Quinn testified on behalf of the CCC). … More Info »