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Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Reauthorization

The Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), last amended in 2007, is up for reauthorization this Congress. Since 2000 the provisions in the law have restored over 40 species from unsustainably depleted levels due to overfishing, including bluefish, king mackerel, snapper, coho, jacks, and more. AFFTA believes reauthorization efforts should concentrate on maintaining and strengthening the law’s conservation focus. In particular, AFFTA encourages MSA reform that increases protections for important habitats, considers the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification in fisheries management decisions, provides for ample forage fish populations, advances science-based tools and methods that foster more accurate and efficient data collection, and ensures adequate funding for managers to achieve the MSA’s mandates.

AFFTA’s Policy Statement on Federal Fisheries Policy and Management, developed by our Science and Policy Committee, sets out nine points we use to evaluate policy proposals related to MSA reauthorization. This policy has gained the support of more than 80 member businesses – from manufacturers and retailers to guides and conservation organizations – since its approval in February. If you are a member business and would like to add your signature in support, please email AFFTA President, Ben Bulis at ben@affta.org.