Friday, March 11, 2011

Implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act - NOAA

This testimony of Eric Schwaab, Assistant Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard, on March 8, 2011 states that the U.S. is making good progress toward meeting the mandate to end domestic overfishing.

“We know that nearly $31 billion in sales and as many as 500,000 jobs are lost because our fisheries are not performing as well as they would if all stocks were rebuilt... While we are turning a corner toward a brighter future for fishermen and fishing communities, many fishermen are struggling in part as a result of years of decline in fishing opportunity."

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