The Magnuson Act is on the Chopping Block and it Needs Your Help
NOAA Fisheries has released a terrible proposal to revise key parts of the Magnuson Act that will put our fishery management system in jeopardy. The new proposal plays directly into the hands of commercial fishermen, allowing fishery managers to leave fish populations at lower levels and even cancel management of some species altogether!

The Ugly Details:
NOAA Fisheries proposes to revise the National Standard 1 guidelines —  the directives that help managers around the country prevent overfishing and rebuild stocks. If these changes are implemented, here’s what we can expect:

  • Fishery managers could put off lowering catch limits and extend the timeline for rebuilding overfished stocks for years or even decades
  • Managers could raise fishing quotas by carrying over uncaught fish from a previous year, without assessing the health of the stock
  • Fishery data could be averaged, ignoring individual years that prove that unsustainable fishing has occurred
  • Important fish species could be excluded from management based on short term economic factors
  • Fishery managers could continue using defective rebuilding plans that did not meet the promised goals
  • Managers could group unhealthy fisheries together with sustainable ones, increasing risk of chronic overfishing or even collapse for weaker stocks

What YOU Can Do:
Help us defeat a measure that benefits commercial fishing interests and leaves nothing for the rest of us!

NOAA Fisheries is accepting public comments on the proposal until June 30, 2015. Submit your comment online or through the mail:

Wesley Patrick
National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
Office of Sustainable Fisheries
1315 East-West Highway, Room 13357
Silver Spring, MD 20910

  • Fax: 301-713-1193; Attn: Wesley Patrick, NOAA-NMFS-2012-0059

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