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.
“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!
To learn more:
- Check out the Natural Resources Committee page on the Magnuson-Stevens Act Hearing
- Check out NOAA’s page: Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Efforts Begin
- Read Sam Rauch’s entire testimony
- Take a look at these related articles: Magnuson fishing mandates up for review
- Magnuson Stevens Act up for Reauthorization
- Ending Overfishing is Vital to Our Future
- The Review of the Magnuson Stevens Act Begins in Congress
- Fish Populations in the United States Rebound
- Legislators fight over adding flexibility to the Magnuson-Stevens Act
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