Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization
The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), initially passed in 1976 and most recently reauthorized in 2006, was created to promote the conservation and management of U.S. fishery resources and ensure sustainable domestic fisheries in federal waters. Under the law, eight Regional Fishery Management Councils (Councils) are charged with managing fisheries in federal waters along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts. H.R. 1335, introduced by Rep. Young (R-AK), reauthorizes MSA. The legislation tailors federal fishery management actions in order to give Councils the proper tools and flexibility needed to effectively manage their fisheries, and will support a more robust domestic seafood industry and greater job creation in regions across the country. To read the bill in full, click here.