A New Rule to End Overfishing in the United States: Federal Guidelines MUST (Not 'Should') Protect Fisheries

  • November 03, 2008

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is just one word away from keeping President Bush's commitment to our oceans. That word is "must."

In 2006, Congress passed and President Bush signed the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the law that governs America's ocean fisheries.

The success of the revised MSA at ending overfishing depends on the effectiveness of its implementation. In particular, fisheries managers must be required to set conservative science-based catch limits that end overfishing and include provisions for strong enforcement and accountability.