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Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Efforts Underway


Senate Hearing on Southeast Regional Perspectives on MSA Reauthorization

On November 14, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Chair, Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-WV) held the second of a series of hearings to discuss Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) reauthorization and regional fisheries management issues.

The Southeast Regional Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Dr. Roy Crabtree, testified on the successes to date under the MSA as well as on issues of concern in the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 



Senate Hearing on New England and Mid-Atlantic Perspectives on MSA Reauthorization

On July 23, the Regional Administrator for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, John Bullard, testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard (Chair, Senator Mark Begich, D-AK) during a hearing to provide an overview on the progress to date and the ongoing challenges faced in transitioning to sustainable fisheries management in the New England and Mid-Atlantic since the enactment of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006.



Rauch Testifies at First Hearing on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

On March 13, the House Committee on Natural Resources held its first hearing on reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Sam Rauch, NOAA Fisheries Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, testified. Much of NOAA Fisheries work with the stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management occurs under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). This act sets standards for conservation, management, and sustainable use of our nation’s fisheries resources. Passed in 1976 and amended in 1996, the Magnuson-Stevens Act was most recently reauthorized in 2006 and is set to expire at the end of September 2013. 


Related Links

Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012

NOAA Fisheries releases Fisheries of the U.S., 2012, a statistical yearbook filled with facts and figures about our domestic  fisheries. In the latest edition, you’ll see the report has some good news to share.The landings and value of commercial U.S. wild caught fish continue to remain high. Coming in at 9.6 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.1 billion, the 2012 figures are above the average of the preceding decade (9.2 billion pounds valued at $4.1 billion). 



2012 Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries

The 2012 Annual Report on the Status of U.S. Fisheries highlights the progress that collectively, NOAA Fisheries, the regional fishery management councils, and our stakeholders have made to end overfishing and rebuild stocks. The report documents additional progress towards long-term economic sustainability of our nation’s fisheries. Coho salmon was one of six stocks rebuilt in 2012. 




The Road to End Overfishing: 35 Years of Magnuson Act U.S. Fisheries 

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. The Magnuson Act is, and will continue to be a key driver for NOAA as we deliver on our nation’s commitment to ocean stewardship, sustainable fisheries, and healthy marine ecosystems


U.S. Fisheries Reach Another Milestone as  Last Annual Catch Limit is Put in Place                                                      

On June 29, 2012, a significant milestone was achieved when NOAA Fisheries approved the last Fishery Management Plan amendment putting annual catch limits and accountability measures into place. This milestone completes a journey that began in January 2007, when President George W. Bush signed the Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act into law. The law required that all federal fisheries be harvested under annual catch limits with accompanying accountability measures to prevent and end overfishing in the United States