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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Issue Brief

Lowering the Bar

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Issue Brief

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.


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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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

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