What is the Magnuson-Stevens Act?

Written by on March 18, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law
Commercial clam and recreational fishing boats in Freeport, Long Island, New York.

Commercial clam and recreational fishing boats in Freeport, Long Island, New York. Photo credit: Edward J. Pastula, NMFS.

Last week, the House Committee on Natural Resources held the first of a series of hearings to review the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).

Passed in 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Act set standards for conservation and management of fisheries in the United States. It was reauthorized in 2006 and is set to expire at the end of September 2013. The current hearings will cover issues such as annual catch limits, catch share programs, methods to acquire better information on fisheries, disaster assistance for commercial fisheries, and more.

Sam Rauch, NOAA Fisheries Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, testified at the hearing.

“Ending overfishing and rebuilding depleted fisheries brings significant biological, economic and social benefit, but doing so takes time, persistence and sacrifice, and adherence to scientific information,” Rauch said at the hearing.

“While we are making great gains…challenges do remain,” he concluded, “and the National Marine Fisheries Service stands ready to work with Congress and our partners to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act so that we may continue to improve the management and ensure the biological and economic sustainability of this vital natural resources.”

Check back for updates on the hearings!

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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