Can Magnuson-Stevens’ Stock Rebuilding Provisions Be Improved?

Can Magnuson-Stevens’ Stock Rebuilding Provisions Be Improved?

Photo: Gulf of Maine cod The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens) is probably the most comprehensive, and most successful, marine fishery conservation law in the world. Since the year 2000, it has been responsible for rebuilding 47 once-overfished stocks; other overfished stocks are well on their way to recovery. Much of that success […]

The Call to Protect Bristol Bay

The Call to Protect Bristol Bay

Recently, the Marine Fish Conservation Network joined Bristol Bay tribes, local residents, businesses and conservation organizations in supporting the Call to Protect Bristol Bay. We believe it is past the time to permanently protect this national treasure. The Network has consistently supported protections for the Bristol Bay watershed, and the Call to Protect Bristol Bay […]

Mid-Atlantic Council Flirts With Overfishing

Mid-Atlantic Council Flirts With Overfishing

Bluefish photo by John McMurray The relationship between the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and overfishing goes back a long way. In 1999, the Council adopted a summer flounder quota that had just an 18 percent probability of preventing overfishing, an action that led to the landmark court decision in Natural Resources Defense Council v. […]

The 2020 Election: How Might Fisheries Be Affected?

The 2020 Election: How Might Fisheries Be Affected?

As this is being written, nearly a month after the 2020 election, the outcome of the election is not yet fully clear. The Democrats have retained the House of Representatives. Although a few races remain in doubt, it’s clear that their majority in the 117th Congress will be significantly smaller than it was in the […]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Denies Pebble Mine Permit Application

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Denies Pebble Mine Permit Application

Army Corps lets science and common sense prevail over politics On Nov. 25, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) notified the Pebble Limited Partnership and the public that they had denied the application for the permit for the Pebble Mine project. The Corps said the project would not comply with the Clean Water Act […]

Alaska’s “Salmon Forest” is in Jeopardy

Alaska’s “Salmon Forest” is in Jeopardy

Why Removing Roadless Protections for the Tongass National Forest is a Mistake In late October, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) issued a final rule and record of decision exempting Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule (2001 Roadless Rule). The 2001 Roadless Rule prohibited timber harvest and road construction in designated […]