Sustainable Fisheries

Healthy Fish for a Healthy Ocean

MSA: The nation's premier marine fisheries law

The nation’s premier marine fisheries law is the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). After concluding a year-long listening tour to understand ongoing fishery management issues, Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA- 2) and Ed Case (D-HI-1) introduced a bill to reauthorize the MSA on July 26th, 2021.

The bill offers a bold and comprehensive update to the law, recommits to sustainable management and readies our fisheries for the impacts of climate change.

The law was originally passed in 1976 and has been reauthorized twice, most recently in 2006. Previous reauthorizations of the MSA have been bipartisan efforts that strengthened the conservation provisions of the law and improved the sustainability of U.S. fisheries. The introduced bill would continue this legacy of improvements. It would enact much-needed reforms to the law to promote healthy fish stocks, fisheries and fishing communities.

The proposals offered by Reps. Huffman and Case in the bill would enhance our ocean’s long-term ability to provide food and support businesses, recreation, culture and thriving coastal communities. The bill seeks to ready fisheries for climate change, support fishing communities, improve representation and accountability for fishery managers, enhance the collection and use of fishery and recreational data, promote healthy fish habitat, reduce bycatch, rebuild fish stocks, and protect forage fish. The bill also increases the amount authorized for funding to implement the MSA.

Read more about this crucial bill here.

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