The Magnuson Stevens Act and its Ten Year Rebuilding Timeline: Science or Fiction?
By Meghan Lapp
Under the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA), regional Fishery Management Councils must develop a rebuilding plan for every overfished fishery, and must “specify a time period for rebuilding . . . that shall be as short as possible . . . and not exceed 10 years . . .
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CSF Files Amicus Brief in MA v. Pritzker in Support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New Hampshire
BOSTON — The Center for Sustainable Fisheries (“CSF”) has filed an Amicus Brief in support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New Hampshire in the case brought against the Secretary of Commerce, Secretary Penny Pritzker, and NOAA. CSF is a science based non-profit . . . to read more, including the filed brief, click here.
Review and Comments on Congressman Hastings’s Discussion Draft
Submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives
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Rewriting the Magnuson-Stevens Act
by Brian J. Rothschild
in 2013, Pacific Marine Expo, Keynote Address
Abstract: The Ten National Standards should be combined and incorporated into five tenents which will allow for a scientific based fishery management system that balances conservation and sustainability for the fisheries, and the people who, and the port communities that comprise the industry.
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Testimony: Improving the Magnuson-Stevens Act
by Brian J. Rothschild
in 2013, Boston Congressional Hearing
On November 4, 2013, Brian Rothschild testified in front of several federal, state, and local government leaders at the Boston Listening Hearing, hosted by Senator Warren, Senator Markey, and Senator Begich of Alaska, on the Reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act. In his testimony, Dr. Rothschild identified nine discussion issues relevant to the reauthorization.
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Fish Stock Rebuilding Plans
by Brian J. Rothschild and Kate Kramer
Recently the National Research Council (“NRC”) published a report of a study about the effectiveness of fish stock rebuilding plans in the United States. A basic thrust of the report is that fishery management plans are administrated in a prescriptive and formulaic manner without regard to the scientific “facts.” The report suggests that a more flexible approach would result in more efficient management. The problems with the prescriptive and formulaic approach are exemplified in the reports discussion of the ten-year rebuilding mandate. . . . to read more, please click here.