A new marine fisheries policy was approved by the AFS Governing Board Atlantic City in August to inform the proposed Congressional re‐authorization and amendment of the Magnuson‐Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA), the federal law that governs fisheries management in offshore waters. Early this year, AFS President Steve McMullin empaneled a special committee of prominent marine fisheries experts to provide science‐based recommendations to inform policy‐makers as they seek to revise the law. The committee was led by co‐chairs Tom Miller, University of Maryland fisheries professor and director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, and Cynthia Jones, president of the Marine Fisheries Section and eminent scholar and at Old Dominion University.
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