Proceed With Caution

Proceed With Caution

As the ocean becomes warmer, scientists are finding that some species have started to move toward the poles, and deeper, in search of cooler water. Before long, this and other trends could lead to fundamental shifts in where fish live, threatening existing fisheries but creating opportunities for new ones in other geographic regions.

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Proceeding With Caution

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Proceeding With Caution

Fish populations are highly sensitive and responsive to environmental conditions.

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Read stories about how requiring managers to use scientific data when deciding if to allow fishing—and how much—in new areas or on new species, can help keep fishing sustainable from the start.

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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.

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Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.

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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.