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America’s oceans are in trouble and need our help. Pollution, habitat destruction, mismanagement and overfishing have impoverished our ocean resources. Thus, the nation’s fisheries have been declining precipitously for decades, with more than 90 percent of the world’s large predatory fish, including tuna, swordfish and marlin disappearing from our oceans.
The Federal Fisheries Policy Reform Project calls upon the National Marine Fisheries Service to develop and implement policies, regulations, and fishery management plans designed to eliminate overfishing and protect the marine environment. It works with scientists, fishermen, policy makers, regional fishery managers and conservation organizations throughout the country.
For more information about the Federal Fisheries Policy Reform Project, visit the Federal Fisheries Policy campaign page.
Nov 13, 2013 - The future of the nation’s fishery law is up for debate this week as Congress continues a series of hearings into how well the law has worked and what changes might be needed.
Sep 04, 2012 - This study examines an important component of the costs of overfishing in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions — recreational catch losses from historic overfishing and their associated economic impacts. Our analysis covers nine federally managed overfished stocks in these two regions over the period 2005–2009, the most recent years for which the necessary data were available prior to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf.
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Nov 03, 2009 - Science-based annual catch limits are essential if catch shares are to be effective and if requirements to end overfishing and rebuild depleted fish populations are to be met.
Oct 01, 2009 - In the United States, decades of costly declines in fish populations led Congress in 2006 to significantly strengthen the law that governs how fish are managed in federal waters. If these changes are effectively implemented, America can protect and rebuild valuable fish populations and set a standard for the rest of the world to follow.
Apr 30, 2008 - Booklet provides background information about the state of U.S. and global fisheries, and the upcoming NMFS rulemakings on overfishing and environmental review.
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