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Mid-Atlantic Ocean Conservation

The highly productive coastal and ocean ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic region benefit from major estuaries of the Hudson and Delaware rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. These ecosystems support 12 species of fish managed by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council. These fish, sought by more than 4.7 million recreational fishermen, also support a healthy commercial fishing industry that sustains the economies and quality of life in coastal towns. In 2006, the commercial fishing sector and related businesses contributed billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and approximately 160,000 jobs. 

Fish Market in the NE
Fish Market in the NE
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Investing in Our Future: The Economic Case for Rebuilding Mid-Atlantic Fish Populations

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Rebuilding depleted fish populations must be a priority, both for the health of our ocean ecosystems and our coastal communities. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law that governs our ocean fisheries, supports this by mandating an end to overfishing and rebuilding depleted fish populations within 10 years, if biologically possible.