Annual catch limits

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While eating my fresh fruit cup for breakfast at the American Boating Congress I listened to Samuel Rauch, a government official from NOAA fisheries, talk about new catch levels, which will prevent overfishing.

Many coastal areas are dependent upon fishing and related activities and their economies have been hurt by overfishing at an ever-increasing rate during the past decade. Massive foreign fishing fleets in water adjacent to the coastal areas have also interfered with domestic fishing efforts.

To that end, rebuilding overfished stocks and reducing overcapacity makes a lot of sense to me.

The newly revised Magnuson-Stevens Act requires annual quotas to end over-fishing by 2010 for stocks undergoing over-fishing, and by 2011 for all other federally managed fish stocks.

Sounds really good. But let’s hope the federal government has the funds to enforce its new efforts.

Rauch also talked about the creation of a new angler registry to determine who fishes and how often; where and how do people fish; and what do people catch.

He said the road to better data would improve the Marine Recreational Fishery Statistics Survey.

Your thoughts?

Lois Caliri
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