Lee CrocketLee Crockett's “Overfishing 101” blog provided an authoritative primer on federal fisheries policy. It also spotlighted historic milestones and celebrated success stories. His new series, “The Bottom Line,” will continue to explore fisheries management issues, while taking on other related subjects to provide a more in-depth look at the issues facing our ocean fish. With this blog, we hope to continue these informative discussions, cut through the rhetoric, and encourage more people to take an interest in ocean fish conservation.

The Bottom Line Series

  • U.S. Fish and Fishermen Deserve a Better Bill

    On April 30, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources debated and voted on a shortsighted bill, H.R. 1335, which would amend the nation’s primary ocean fisheries law. Several fishermen who traveled to Capitol Hill to voice concerns about weakening the law joined me and dozens of others in a standing-room-only crowd. Read More

  • Making the Most of the Most Important Fish

    Fisheries managers for the Atlantic Coast states face an important decision May 5 about what’s sometimes called the most important fish in the sea: Atlantic menhaden. Read More

  • A Bad Bill for Fish and Fishermen

    The House Committee on Natural Resources is scheduled to vote April 30 on a shortsighted fisheries bill. H.R. 1335 is intended to update the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the nearly 40-year-old law that governs management of our ocean fish, but it would undercut efforts to rebuild depleted fish populations in several significant ways. Read More


Dave Bard

Officer, Communications