What’s the key to restoring ocean abundance while simultaneously feeding the world? It turns out the answer is simpler than you may think: establish sustainable fishing quotas, reduce bycatch, and protect habitat, according to Jackie Savitz, Oceana’s vice president for U.S. Oceans. With climate change increasingly reducing the availability of arable land and compromising our ability to produce other protein sources, the need to rebuild the world’s fisheries to feed the world is more present than ever before.
Responsible fisheries management took a hit today as the House Committee on Natural Resources passed a bill that threatens to undo the significant progress the United States has made in reversing the effects of decades of overfishing and making the U.S. a world leader in fisheries management. H.R. 4742, sponsored by committee chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), our nation’s primary fisheries management law.