Congress working to take fisheries backward 20 years
4 days ago - By National Geographic
By Safina Center Staff
Bluefish. Painting: Robert W. Hines, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
It took the United States decades to develop and perfect an effective fisheries management plan that helps keep enough fish to feed both the nation's people and its animals. The landmark legislation that turned around the country's widespread overfishing problem was called the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, passed in 1976. Since its passage and subsequent amendment tightening regulations in 1996, many once-overfished fish populations have recovered from the brink, from New...
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