After analyzing the “Modern Fish Act”, the Network has concluded that it would undo many of the conservation gains made over the past ten year, and we urge people to tell their Congressemembers not to support this legislation.
In the Last Congress
On June 17th, 2016, the full House Natural Resources Committee marked up H.R. 3094, the “Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act”. Why we consider this bill the wrong approach to fisheries management.
Senate Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee hearing on the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Learn more.
On February 2nd, the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing on this bill. Learn more.
Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June, 2015. The Network believes this bill is the wrong foundation for reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Learn more.
The Magnuson-Stevens Act: A Strong Foundation for the Future of our Nation’s Fisheries
Since Congress incorporated scientific mandates and strengthened the conservation measures in this law in 1996, two-thirds of overfished stocks have been rebuilt or are making improvements. As a result, the Magnuson-Stevens Act is providing improved economic benefits to fishing communities and the nation as a whole, and will provide even greater returns as fish populations continue to recover.
According to NOAA Fisheries, rebuilding all U.S. fish populations would lead to a $31 billion increase in annual sales and support half a million new U.S. jobs.
Bipartisan Support for Ocean Fisheries
Through the past two reauthorizations of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1996 and 2006, Republicans and Democrats have agreed that conserving America’s oceans and fish populations make good economic and environmental sense.
With the Magnuson-Stevens Act now up for reauthorization, Congress should continue this tradition of bipartisan support for our primary federal fisheries law and preserve its legacy of success.
The following Congressional committees are responsible for the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Congressional Committees of Jurisdiction
- Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
House of Representatives
Contact Your Members of Congress
Tell Congress that abundant U.S. ocean fisheries are important to you.
“This landmark legislation was originally sponsored by several great friends of Alaska — Senator Magnuson, our own Senator Ted Stevens, and Senator Inouye — and co-sponsored by several Republican and Democratic members of the Committee. It represented a truly bipartisan effort to carefully manage one of America’s greatest assets, our fisheries.”
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), 2011