Restoring Our Nation's Ocean Fish

The Magnuson-Stevens Act is helping dozens of fish stocks recover from overfishing

Restoring Our Nation's Ocean Fish

After decades of overfishing, our nation is making remarkable strides in restoring depleted fish stocks to healthy, sustainable levels.

Thanks to important requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law governing management of U.S. ocean fish, 37 fish populations were rebuilt from 2000 to October 2014. The success of rebuilding under the Magnuson-Stevens Act is apparent. We must stay the course to ensure that more fish populations can continue to recover.

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Agenda for America

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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States of Innovation

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.