Setting Annual Catch Limits for U.S. Fisheries: An Expert Working Group Report, 2007

Oct 11, 2007

When the U.S. Congress reauthorized the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act in 2006, new mandates for sustainable fisheries were introduced. These include requirements to specify annual catch limits for all fisheries at a level such that overfishing does not occur, and to implement measures to ensure accountability for adhering to these limits.

In the summer of 2007, the Lenfest Ocean Program convened a working group of U.S. and international experts in fisheries science and management to discuss how to set catch limits for all species caught in U.S. waters. The Expert Working Group developed a straightforward process for establishing catch limits and accountability measures, which included setting a sufficiently precautionary measure to ensure that overfishing does not occur.

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