MFCN Supports Significant Federal Fisheries Policy Bill

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Comprehensive Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Legislation Reintroduced in 118th Congress

Arlington, VA – Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), James Moylan (R-Guam), Ed Case (D-HI), and Mary Peltola (D-AK) yesterday re-introduced the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act. This bill is similar to the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act of 2022, H.R. 4690, which was passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee in the 117th Congress. The bill would make important changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which governs federal management of U.S. ocean fisheries. The following statement is from Robert C. Vandermark, executive director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network.

“The Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act further advances science-based fisheries management to benefit our oceans, coastal communities, fisheries-dependent businesses, and local and national economies for a more secure and prosperous future. With this bill, Congress would address the growing impacts of climate change and their physical, social, and economic effects on working waterfronts and coastal communities, as well as improve catch data collection and support for community-based fishing. This bipartisan bill is a great first step toward safeguarding a future for American fishing and seafood-related jobs and businesses by implementing measures to ensure healthy and productive fisheries and oceans. The Marine Fish Conservation Network thanks Representatives Jared Huffman, James Moylan, Ed Case, and Mary Sattler Peltola for supporting the women and men whose livelihoods depend on prosperous working waterfronts and healthy oceans and fisheries now and in the future.”


The Marine Fish Conservation Network is a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations committed to sustaining fish populations, healthy marine ecosystems, and robust fishing communities.