An Update on the Magnuson-Stevens Act

Written by on May 10, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law
School of Atlantic bluefin tuna.

School of Atlantic bluefin tuna. Photo credit: NOAA.

In March, we wrote about the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act which is up for review again this year.

Just this week, PEW Environment Group created a great timeline of the history of overfishing and fishery management in the U.S., starting with the creation of NOAA and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in 1970.

In the accompanying opinion piece, Lee Crockett, director of U.S. fisheries campaigns at The Pew Charitable Trusts, notes that while the Magnuson-Stevens Act has made a big difference (we have successfully restored 32 severely depleted fisheries!), there are other parts to the act that we need to focus on now. These other parts include bigger-picture issues such as reducing bycatch, protecting habitat and managing fish as part of a whole ecosystem, not just as individual species.

Check out Pew Environment’s latest report titled The Law That’s Saving American Fisheries: The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to learn more about the act and ecosystem-based management.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of 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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