Do You Care About Catch Limits? You Should!

The Magnuson-Stevenson Act … without diving too far (oh, look … a pun! Get it. Diving? Yea, I know. I’m witty today) into legislative policy talk, quite simply stated the 1976 law governs U.S. marine fisheries.


  • Stops overfishing by transparent management of U.S. fisheries
  • Restores overfished species by continual evaluation of stocks and set annual catch limits
  • Promotes conservative and sustainable fishing practices
  • Protects and defends fish habitats
  • Establishes practices to help reduce bycatch


The MSA is in danger of being severely diluted if not dismantled … though many experts agree that the MSA is directly responsible for significantly reducing massive overfishing and in fact, today, close to 90 percent of U.S. fisheries are posting total catch levels below their yearly set limits.

So do you care about catch limits? You should …

Tomorrow, Tues., Oct. 24, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the U.S. Coast Guard, will assemble the “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Fisheries Science,” at 2:30 p.m.

Will you be watching? I know I will … and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Read about this year’s red snapper overfishing (and blatant disregard for the law)
Read more about the Magnuson-Stevenson Act
Featured photo courtesy Gillfoto [CC BY-SA]

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One thought on “Do You Care About Catch Limits? You Should!

  1. I care – we need fishing limits for many reasons. Most importantly, if we overfish we risk disruption of the food chain. Where will that leave us? Furthermore, I want my kids and grandkids and all theirs to enjoy the same beautiful planet I have enjoyed. Those are my most important reasons, which I’m sure are only the tip of many other great reasons to keep limits. Do you know if there is a petition or informational website? Thanks for sharing


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