The Gulf of Mexico is home to historic fishing communities and some of the nation's most iconic and valuable fisheries.

Red Snappers Above Coral
Red Snappers Above Coral
Fact Sheet

Red Snapper Comeback

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Fact Sheet

Gulf of Mexico red snapper may finally be on the mend.

Fisherman holding Adult Red Snapper
Fisherman holding Adult Red Snapper
Report

Costs of Overfishing on Recreational Fisheries

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Report

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.

Black seabass
Black Seabass

Magnuson-Stevens Act

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Thanks to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, hard work, and dedication, our nation now benefits from dozens of rebuilt fish populations. The law’s requirements to end overfishing and rebuild fish populations are working. Since 2000 alone, 36 once-depleted fish populations have been rebuilt to healthy levels. But several new threats could undermine these historic accomplishments.

Yelloweye rockfish and other fish with depleted populations need rebuilding
Yelloweye rockfish and other fish with depleted populations need rebuilding
Article

Study Supports Current Approach to Rebuilding Fish Populations

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An analysis published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE in January found that the standard method for setting timelines to rebuild depleted fish populations—that is, by calculating how long it would take for the population to recover if there were no fishing, and adding the average age at which a fish in the population reproduces—is still the best approach for U.S. stocks, compared with two alternatives recently proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine fisheries service.