MRAA is reviewing a Discussion Draft
of the important Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act,
which provides flexibility to fishery managers and stability for anglers. The Discussion Draft was issued by the House
Natural resources Committee. MRAA expects
the Committee will introduce the bill in the next several months. Magnuson-Stevens sets fishing plans to
re-stock fish and examines the environmental conditions of the nation’s waters
and its effect of fish stock by limiting fishing activities.
draft bill would provide guidance to State, Council and Marine Fisheries
Commission fish management plans by allowing a phase-in rebuilding plan over a
3-year period to lessen the economic impacts to fishing communities. It sets
general controls for data collection of stock surveys and stock assessments to
ensure consistent fisheries management.
The draft bill allows local fishing councils to set catch limit
requirements based on changes to an ecosystem and the economic needs of the
fishing communities within the management measures under the international
agreements the U.S. participates.
is a very important bill for anglers and fish managers. MRAA will closely review the bill and its
potential impact on marine retailers.