On Capitol Hill

On Capitol Hill

Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Chairman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Subcommittee Member Ed Case (D-HI) introduced the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act to amend and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the keystone fisheries management law for the United States, on July 26th, 2021.

Before releasing this bill, Chairman Huffman conducted a nationwide listening tour to hear the priorities and issues facing communities and businesses that depend on healthy fisheries. The Network applauds Chairman Huffman’s leadership and the broad stakeholder engagement behind this bill and looks forward to working with him and and the wider community as MSA reauthorization progresses in the 117th Congress.

Young Fishermen’s Development Act Signed into Law

This new law will assist next generation of commercial fishermen entering the industry by enacting a national grant program to support initiatives to educate, train, and mentor young and beginner fishermen around the country. Read the Network’s statement applauding the law.

The 117th Congress

We will be updating this page with information about and analysis of fisheries-related legislation in the new Congress shortly. In the meantime, read the Network’s priorities for our fisheries or review our analysis of legislation from 2015-2020

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)

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