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Magnuson Stevens Act

Magnuson at 40

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

There was a time when we didn't know any better. In 1884, English scientist Thomas Huxley wrote that "probably all the great sea-fisheries are inexhaustible; that is to say that nothing we do seriously affects the number of fish."

Fisheries Management: Let's Not Quit While We're Ahead

Lee Crockett | Posted 04.13.2016 | Green
Lee Crockett

Quitting while you're ahead might protect your gains in gambling and investing. But in most other endeavors, that strategy can quickly backfire: Once ...

Can Congress Deliver Happy Days for Fish, Fishermen?

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.30.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

The Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation's overarching law on marine fisheries management, affects commercial and recreational fishermen and every player in the seafood supply chain.

The Magic Wand That Can Protect Our Fish

Brad Sewell | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Brad Sewell

The attacks on this successful system seem fueled by collective amnesia, intended to take us back to a time when fishing boats all too frequently came back empty and ecosystems were ravaged.

The Small-Town Boy Who Charted a New Course for Our Oceans

Lee Crockett | Posted 04.21.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

"You could see the impact of the waste. I remember thinking that this couldn't last," recalled Bill Hogarth Hogarth, the head of ocean fisheries under President George W. Bush and now the director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography. I caught up with him recently when I went to Florida.

What's Happened to All the Striped Bass?

Lee Crockett | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

Striped bass are declining. That's particularly bad news because this species was once considered the success story for how an acutely depleted fish population could recover from years of overfishing.

Giving Thanks for a Life-Changing Adventure--And More

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

This Thanksgiving I'm grateful for one simple act that set my life's course. Shortly after high school graduation, I picked up an issue of National G...

Congress Needs to Think Big About Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

Ecosystem-based fisheries management may sound complex, but there are concrete, cost-effective steps to make it a reality, including conserving habitat where fish spawn and protecting food sources for fish.

The ABCs of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Part V -- 'Starting Smart'

Lee Crockett | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

We need a new national policy that guides federal managers to "start smart" by factoring in, up front, all available research on potential damage to marine ecosystems that would occur with new or expanded fishing activities.

Building on Success

Lee Crockett | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

Policymakers in Washington today may stand divided on party lines over a whole host of issues, but management of our oceans doesn't need to be one of them.

The ABCs of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management, Part IV

Lee Crockett | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

Our oceans are one of our nation's most valuable natural resources. And congressional leaders should capitalize on this opportunity by adding stronger protections for essential habitat that fish populations need to spawn and grow in a healthy marine ecosystem.

The Bottom Line: Five Myths About Fishing

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

Few myths about the management of our nation's ocean resources are as pernicious as the allegation that the environmental community wants to "end fishing as we know it." This claim is simply untrue.

Disgraced Senate Aide Moves from Federal Prison to Federal Fisheries Lobbyist

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Arne Fuglvog, a former fisheries advisor to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and commercial fisherman, who stepped down when he was charged with overfishing...

The Bottom Line: A Historic Milestone for America's Ocean Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Though we still have much work to do, this most recent accomplishment in Alaska is an important milestone in our efforts to secure profitable fisheries and healthy oceans.

The Bottom Line: Even Fish Need Yearly Checkups

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Any doctor would point out that this year's report wasn't a clean bill of health: Thirty six of America's most commercially and recreationally important ocean fish populations are still subject to overfishing, and 45 have been depleted to unhealthy levels.

Putting Fish Over Politics

Lee Crockett | Posted 04.01.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

There will always be competing needs and viewpoints on how to best manage our nation's fisheries. But the bottom line is that the system is now working.

The Bottom Line: New Year's Resolution 2012: Let's Gain Weight in the Ocean

Lee Crockett | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions for Americans is to lose weight. But for the fish in America's oceans, we need to resolve to help them gain weight.

Overfishing 101: Celebrating a Good Year for Marine Conservation

Lee Crockett | Posted 02.26.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Everyone wants more fish in our oceans -- the challenge today is finding the right way to achieve that goal.