Don’t Risk Overfishing and Our Ocean Legacy

Fix the fish rule

Don’t Risk Overfishing and Our Ocean Legacy. Fix the Fish Rule.

A proposed rule from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, if finalized, would weaken U.S. fisheries management and undermine our nation’s legacy of preventing overfishing and creating healthier oceans.

The rule, known as the National Standard 1 guidelines, provides direction to regional fisheries managers on carrying out the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary ocean fishing law. As proposed, the rule will:

  • Make overfishing more likely.
  • Allow the continuation of flawed and ineffective rebuilding plans.
  • Deny vulnerable fish populations the conservation measures they need.

The proposed rule also misses a critical opportunity to advance a big-picture approach to fisheries management that recognizes fish as part of the larger ocean environment.

In June, The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted comments on ways to fix the rule, and more than 100,000 Americans joined us in voicing their concern about how it was written.

Read more about NOAA’s proposed rule in the Lowering the Bar brief, and learn why we need big-picture fisheries management. View our comment letter here.

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Lowering the Bar

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A proposal released in January 2015 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) would weaken implementation of key parts of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law governing management of U.S. ocean fish.

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A Big-Picture Approach to Fisheries Management

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U.S. fishery managers often focus on one species at a time when determining how, when, and where fishing takes place. But each fish population is part of an interconnected ecosystem in which they interact with other fish, ocean wildlife, and habitats.

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A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.

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Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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