Author: Lee Crocket [National Geographic]
In 1996, I worked in the fisheries service at NOAA. That year, Congress passed legislation to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary law that governs our nation’s ocean fish. The updated law established an important mandate for the agency: conserve fish. Our previous goal, decades long, was simply to promote fishing.
Along with subsequent reforms to the act, the legislation spurred many years of hard work by NOAA and advocates for sustainable fishing. The United States is now on the path to end overfishing and rebuild long-depleted species.
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