Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization
MSA Reathorization Priorities
In December 2020, House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Chairman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and subcommittee member Ed Case (D-HI) introduced a discussion draft of a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the keystone fisheries management law for the United States.
Before releasing this draft bill, Chairman Huffman conducted a listening tour around the country to hear the priorities and issues facing communities and businesses that depend on healthy fisheries. The Networks applauds Chairman Huffman’s leadership and looks forward to working with him and other stakeholders as MSA reauthorization progresses in the 117th Congress.
- Magnuson-Stevens Act: A Legacy of Success
- The Network’s Priorities for MSA Reauthorization
- MSA’s Bipartisan Tradition (Below)
- The Network’s Assessment of MSA-Related Legislation from the 116th 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
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
- Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
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