What Is U.S. Fisheries Management?

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What Is U.S. Fisheries Management?
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There are only so many fish in the sea. That’s why each region of the United States needs fisheries managers to make sure we don’t take too much marine life out of our ocean. Science-based fisheries management can help ensure a healthy ecosystem for fish and a hearty harvest for fishermen for generations to come.

Cartoonist Jim Toomey—whose daily comic strip, Sherman’s Lagoon, is syndicated in more than 250 newspapers in the United States—joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts to illustrate "U.S. fisheries management" and other terms associated with our oceans.

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