Powerful Voices for the Future of Our Fisheries

Powerful Voices for the Future of Our Fisheries

Photo by Network blogger John McMurray Since we launched our “From the Waterfront” blog in 2015, the Marine Fish Conservation Network has been proud to feature the voices of Americans deeply committed to protecting our fisheries, both for the communities who rely on them today and for generations yet to come. From commercial and recreational […]

Ocean Moment with Congressman Rob Wittman

Ocean Moment with Congressman Rob Wittman

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the First District of Virginia When you hear from residents in your district or state about ocean-related issues, what concerns them most? Why do these issues matter so much to them? The number one issue I hear from constituents on oceans/marine ecosystems issues is marine resource sustainability. As more and more […]

Reflections on the 115th Congress and the Future of Fisheries

Reflections on the 115th Congress and the Future of Fisheries

Holiday decorations are up, people are wishing each other “Season’s Greetings” and lawmakers have been busy pushing through legislation in the last few days of the 115th Congress. It’s been an interesting year for fisheries. Both the House and Senate introduced bills that would roll back years of progress in fisheries management. H.R. 200, the […]

A Network ‘Thank You’ to Representatives Who Voted NO on HR 200

A Network ‘Thank You’ to Representatives Who Voted NO on HR 200

Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, which would be a significant step back from the years of progress made in effective fisheries management under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. H.R. 200 would undermine the use of science that has been so successful in […]

Commerce Decision on Summer Flounder Ignores Science-based Management

Commerce Decision on Summer Flounder Ignores Science-based Management

Photo by John McMurray. Members of the Network are speaking out against the recent decision by the Commerce Department to allow New Jersey’s noncompliance with the 2017 regulations for summer flounder set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). This marks the first time that the Commerce Department has overruled the decision of the […]

Voices Opposing H.R. 3094, the ‘Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act’

Voices Opposing H.R. 3094, the ‘Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act’

Learn more about red snapper and what you can do to oppose H.R. 3094. H.R. 3094 is the latest attempt to disrupt a fisheries management process that puts science and stakeholders first. We should be striving to improve the solid procedural foundation established by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, rather than undermining it with piecemeal exemptions. — […]

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act

The Magnuson-Stevens Act established a successful framework for sustainable science-based fishery management that is responsive to regional stakeholders while protecting national interests. Authors of the Act had a long-term, bi-partisan commitment to productive fisheries and healthy fishing communities. Our job is to uphold and build on that legacy for future generations. —Linda Behnken, Executive Director, […]

Focus on Forage Fish

Focus on Forage Fish

A series of articles on MFCN’s “From the Waterfront” blog highlighting the importance of managing prey species for the needs of marine ecosystems. Pass the Menhaden, Please, by Ken Hinman (11/23/2015) Pacific Council Finishes Precautionary Plan to Protect Unmanaged Forage, by Theresa Labriola (11/20/2015) The Grocery Store is Closing: Managing Forage Fisheries for Winter, by […]