How Do I?
- Register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry?
- Find recreational fishing regulations?
- Report a marine mammal or sea turtle stranding?
- Apply for a fishing permit?
- Import/export fishery products?
- Find a Volunteer coastal restoration effort near me?
- Find a catch and landing information for commercial and recreational fisheries?
The Road to End Overfishing: 35 Years of Magnuson Act
As we look toward Earth Day next week, I want to acknowledge and highlight the 35 th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Simply called “the Magnuson Act”, this law, its regional framework and goal of sustainability, has proven to be a visionary force in natural resource management - both domestically and internationally.
Annual report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries
In this 35th anniversary year of the Magnuson Stevens Act, the nation’s cornerstone for managing living marine resources, NOAA Fisheries releases the 14th Annual Report to Congress on the Status of the Nation’s Fisheries. This report documents our national journey toward ending overfishing and rebuilding the nation’s fisheries.
News and Announcements
Annual stock report shows steady progress toward rebuilding our nation's fisheries
June 14, 2011:Three fisheries stocks from the Northeast – Georges Bank haddock, Atlantic pollock and spiny dogfish – have now been rebuilt to healthy levels, bringing to 21 the number that have been rebuilt nationwide since 2000, according to a report to Congress from NOAA’s Fisheries Service issued today. Read More . . .
About the Report
Each year since 1997, NOAA Fisheries reports to Congress the number of stocks and complexes that are and are not subject to overfishing, and those that are or are not overfished. These findings are based on determinations made throughout the reporting year and years prior. This annual report summarizes the best available science on our stocks to inform the management process to take appropriate action with the goal of ending overfishing and reaching sustainable populations of fish.
"Overfished" isn't just about fishing
When you see the word “overfishing” in the NOAA Fisheries Status of Stocks report to Congress, released this week, it seems only natural to think that fisherman cause overfishing, right? Although fishing certainly adds significant pressure, stocks can also become “overfished” for many other reasons—natural mortality, disease, natural population cycles and environmental changes. More…