Tell Your Senator to Protect Our Nation's Premier Ocean Fisheries Law - Do Not Allow Overfishing

On July 11, 2018, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 200, a bill that that would significantly weaken the health of U.S. oceans and fisheries by increasing the risk of overfishing, which occurs when fish are caught faster than they can reproduce, and by delaying the rebuilding of vulnerable commercial and recreational fish populations to sustainable levels. 

Thanks to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), as improved with overwhelming bi-partisan support in 1996 and 2006, the United States is recognized as a global leader in fisheries management. H.R. 200 would jeopardize this leadership in several ways, including: 

  • Creating broad exemptions to the requirement to set reasonable timelines for rebuilding a depleted fish population, as well as allowing such timelines to be extended out indefinitely. Longer time periods for rebuilding means less stability for coastal communities that rely upon these stocks.
  • Curbing the use of science-based catch limits, which have proven effective in preventing overfishing.

Conserving America's ocean fish makes good economic and environmental sense. The law has been reauthorized—and strengthened—several times, and we should be looking to build on that progress.

 Please contact your Senator today and urge them to stay the course by rejecting attempts to weaken the MSA, which would return us to the days of overfishing and depleted ocean fisheries.

Please contact your Senator today and urge them to stay the course by rejecting attempts to weaken the MSA, which would return us to the days of overfishing and depleted ocean fisheries.

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