Legislation has been introduced into the Senate to slow down the anti-fishing agenda of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
With its heavy-handed enforcement of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), it already has unnecessarily closed recreational fisheries and decimated coastal communities.
The Fishery Science Improvement Act is intended to reign in NOAA by requiring management decisions to be made on sound science instead of ideology.
The bill states that if NOAA Fisheries has not done a stock assessment on a particular stock in the last six years, and there is no indication that overfishing is occurring, an annual catch limit on that stock is not required.
“The legislation is critical to sportsmen from coast to coast to coast,” said Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. “NOAA Fisheries needs this discrete legislative fix to ensure that recreational and commercial fishermen are not left at the dock because of the agency’s lack of science.”