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United States Senators,

I am writing to support a strong Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Management Act, including more funding for the fisheries science and management necessary to adequately implement the law.

Fisheries management deserves more government support. Since 2000, 34 populations have been rebuilt from overfishing. They are now sustainably fished. This leaves 26 fish stocks overfished of the 230 stocks managed. We want more funding for fishermen and scientists to gain more knowledge of fish and their ecosystems. With the resources, it is only a matter of time before all fish are sustainably managed.

The redfish in New England, for example, suffered when Clarence Birdseye developed freezers for Gloucester fishing boats. In 1932, 100 metric tons of redfish were landed. In 1952 130,000 tons of redfish came ashore to market and the redfish population crashed. Frozen redfish had become the fish of choice for many and fed the U.S. military in the 1940s. Unlike most fish, the redfish gives birth to live young. Managers responded with a number of strict fishery management measures. A redfish rebuilding plan was implemented. The significant sacrifices of fishermen paid off and the Acadian redfish population rebounded. Managed by the New England Fishery Management Council's Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, redfish were declared fully rebuilt in June of 2012.

Today we see fish in the wild and can always select from an array of fresh seafood thanks to the Magnuson Stevens Act and yeoman work by the Fisheries Councils informed by NOAA science. Conditions for fish and fishermen are only getting worse with increasing pollution, algal blooms, loss of nursery habitats, ocean dead zones, acidification, warming waters and shifting currents. Please keep the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Management Act strong and ensure sufficient funding for its implementation so that new challenges may also be met and responsible stewardship of fish and fishing communities furthered.

Sincerely,

Signed,

Ocean River Institute

This petition closed 11 months ago

How this will help

Our goal is to save fish and fishing communities with more funding for fisheries research to better understand fish populations and management in the reauthorized Magnuson Stevens Fisheries...

Our goal is to save fish and fishing communities with more funding for fisheries research to better understand fish populations and management in the reauthorized Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Management Act.

Fisheries management deserves more government support.  Since 2000, 34 populations have been rebuilt from overfishing. They are now sustainably fished. This leaves 26 fish stocks overfished of the 230 stocks managed.

Rebuilt fish stocks include sea scallops in 2001, silver hake in 2002, winter flounder in 2003, blacktip shark in 2003, monkfish in 2008, bluefish in 2008, scup in 2009, haddock and pollock in 2010, summer flounder in 2011, the Acadian redfish in 2012, and black sea bass in 2013. This leaves 26 fish stocks overfished out of 230 commercially valuable managed stocks. 

We want more funding for fishermen and scientists to gain more knowledge of fish and their ecosystems.  With the resources, it is only a matter of time before all fish are sustainably managed. 

Government management that began with the Pilgrims passing a law in 1638 to protect striped bass and cod needs your support today. Our coastal communities depend on us to strengthen collaborative endeavors that achieve responsible stewardship. 

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