On Capitol Hill

On Capitol Hill

The 116th Congress

Read the Network’s priorities for our fisheries.

H.R. 3697, “Strengthening Fishing Communities & Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act”

H.R. 3697, substantially similar to H.R. 200 (introduced in the last Congress), would weaken the conservation and management provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Learn More.

Boy Fishing

“Young Fishermen’s Development Act” (S. 496, H.R. 1240)

This bipartisan/bicameral bill would establish a national grant program to support initiatives to educate, train, and mentor young and novice fishermen around the county. Learn More.

Alaska fishing boat

H.R. 3596, “Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act”

This bill would establish a Working Waterfront Task Force and a grant program to support coastal businesses and industries. Learn More.

The 115th Congress


Assessment of Magnuson-Stevens-Related Legislation

The Network’s detailed insights into various pieces of legislation relevant to the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Learn More.

Alaska Fishing Boat [Photo by NOAA]

H.R. 200, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities & Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act of 2017”

H.R. 200 would undermine the strong science and conservation measures within the current Magnuson-Stevens Act and increase uncertainty in the future management of our fisheries. Learn more.

Recreational anglers

S. 1520, The “Modern Fish Act” [Senate Version]

This bill could roll back many of the conservation gains we’ve made through the Magnuson-Stevens Act’s science-based approach to fisheries management. Learn More & Act Now.

Red Snapper

H.R. 3588, the “RED SNAPPER Act of 2017”

This bill would expand state jurisdiction over federal red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico creating inconsistent management plans and adversely effect the rebuilding of the stock. Learn More.

Prior to the 115th Congress

S. 1403

Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Mexico

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 MSA hearing

Senate: General Oversight Hearing on MSA Reauthorization

Senate Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee hearing on the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Learn more.

H.R. 3070

H.R. 3070 Update

On February 2nd, the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing on this bill. Learn more.

S. 1403

H.R. 1335: The Wrong Foundation for MSA Reauthorization

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.

S. 1403

S. 1403: “Florida Fisheries Improvement Act”

Never reported out of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Learn more.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act: A Strong Foundation for the Future of our Nation’s Fisheries

President George W. Bush Signs the Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization into Law (January, 2007)

President George W. Bush Signs the Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization into Law (January, 2007)

Learn more about the Magnuson-Stevens Act’s legacy of success and our goals for its reauthorization.

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


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