Bill Would Gut Nation's Fisheries Law

Posted on June 28, 2011 by David Newman

In 2006, after years of chronic overfishing (see my recent blog on the history of overfishing in the South Atlantic), Congress amended the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to require fishery managers to set science-based annual catch limits by the end of 2011, with accountability measures to ensure fishermen stay within those limits.  

Now, just months away from the final round of these measures going into effect, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA), have introduced a bill named the “Fisheries Science Improvement Act of 2011” (H.R. 2304). 

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