A Safety Net for Ocean Fisheries: The Case for Stronger Protection of Essential Fish Habitat Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act
Brian Skerry / NRDC
The Magnuson-Stevens Act—the nation’s primary fisheries law—has played a critical role in curbing overfishing and rebuilding dozens of once-depleted fish stocks. This law also recognizes the importance of protecting important fish habitat—the underwater refuges, feeding and spawning areas, and nurseries that fish need to survive—from the impacts of both harmful fishing gear, such as bottom trawling, and non-fishing activity, such as dredging and energy development.
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