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Magnuson-Stevens Act – Ongoing Reauthorization Activities

With ongoing discussions about reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) happening on Capitol Hill, below are a number of related resources that will help you keep up-to-date.

Additional information on hearings and Congressional testimony is available through NOAA's Office of Legislative Affairs.


House of Representatives Activities – 115th Congress

On January 3, 2017, Representative Don Young (R-AK) introduced H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. The legislation is slightly changed from the bill of the same name that passed the House in the last Congress. Information on the bill, including the text, is available on Congress.gov.


House of Representatives Activities – 114th Congress 

On June 1, 2015, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1335, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. The bill was introduced on March 3 by Representative Don Young (R-AK) and passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources, with amendments, on April 30. Related information, including the text of the bill and floor proceedings, is available on Congress.gov, and more information on the amendments to the bill can be found on the Rules Committee Website

Additional bills that may amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act can be found on Congress.gov.


Senate Activities – 114th Congress 

On May 20, 2015, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced S. 1403, the Florida Fisheries Improvement Act. Senator Rubio introduced similar legislation during the last Congress, and it focuses primarily on fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. On June 25 the bill passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. For the latest information on S. 1403, visit Congress.gov.

Senate Hearings

May 20, 2015 – Improvements and Innovation in Fisheries Research and Data Collection


House of Representatives Activities – 113th Congress

On May 23, 2014, Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) introduced H.R. 4742, Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, which would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The bill and related information, including a discussion draft released in December 2013, is available on the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Strengthening and Improving our Nation’s Fisheries web page

Additional bills that may amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act can be found on Congress.gov.

House Hearings

February 28, 2014 – Minority Legislative Hearing on H.R. ____ (Hastings of WA)

February 4, 2014 – Legislative Hearing on H.R. ____ (Hastings of WA)

September 11, 2013 – Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act

June 27, 2013 – Management of Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper under the Magnuson-Stevens Act

May 21, 2013 – Data Collection Issues in Relation to Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

March 13, 2013 – Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act


Senate Activities – 113th Congress

In December 2014, Chairman Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced S. 2991 to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Two discussion drafts were previously circulated by Chairman Begich in April and July 2014.

In September 2014, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Florida Fisheries Improvement Act, which is focused on fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic but is also intended to outline Florida's priorities for reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Additional bills that may amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act can be found on Congress.gov.

Senate Hearings – Regional Perspectives

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a series of four hearings to discuss Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization and regional fisheries management issues. These regional-specific hearings were held between July 2013 and February 2014. Below are details on the individual hearings.

February 27, 2014 – Hearing on North Pacific Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

January 30, 2014 – Hearing on West Coast and Western Pacific Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

November 14, 2013 – Hearing on Southeast Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

July 23, 2013 – Hearing on New England and Mid-Atlantic Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

Senate Hearings – Other Topics

September 24, 2013 – The Role of Certification in Rewarding Sustainable Fishing

March 19, 2013 – Developments and Opportunities in U.S. Fisheries Management: Interjurisdictional Fisheries Management


Regional Fishery Management Council and MAFAC Perspectives

Other stakeholders, such as the regional fishery management councils and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) have also provided input on Magnuson-Stevens act reauthorization. The regional fishery management councils are authorized by the Magnuson-Stevens Act to have responsibility for the fisheries in their region that require conservation and management. And, MAFAC advises the Secretary of Commerce on fisheries issues. As a result, these stakeholders have a unique perspective on reauthorization, and some of those perspectives are highlighted below. This information does not necessarily represent the views of NOAA Fisheries and is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of all stakeholder perspectives.

General Comments/Perspectives

Comments on March 2015 House Bill

Comments on April 2014 Senate Discussion Draft

Comments on December 2013 House Discussion Draft