Ten years after the passage of amendments to the federal Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act that required ailing fish stocks be rebuilt as quickly as possible, most fish resources are still in poor shape, according to a study released by the Lenfest Ocean Program.
Entitled, Rebuilding U.S. Fisheries: Progress and Problems, the study found that to date, only three out of the 67 fish stocks identified as "overfished" have been rebuilt. They are Atlantic sea scallops, Pacific whiting, and Pacific lingcod. Eighty-two percent of fish stocks that need rebuilding are either still below healthy levels or are continuing to be overexploited.