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Magnuson-Stevens Act

Hearing Moves Magnuson-Stevens Towards Vote in House

The House Rules Committee members heard testimony on H.R. 200 on Monday, a bill that seeks to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).  They will take up the bill again today and it could go to the full House tomorrow for a vote. However, the House is embroiled on immigration issues which... Read More

Senate Commerce Committee to Consider Modern Fish Act

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m. to consider S. 1520, Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 and a number of nominations. Sponsors of the Modern Fish Act include Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Deb Fisher (R-Neb.), Jim Inhofe... Read More

PRESIDENT’S COMMENTARY: The AFS Role in High-Priority Policy Issues

By Steve McMullin, AFS President President Barack Obama once famously said, “Elections have consequences.” The first year of the Trump Administration clearly demonstrates the truth of that statement, and the consequences for fisheries and the environment are potentially “huge.” The Trump Administration’s approach to science and the environment during its first year in office included... Read More

This Week on the Hill: Markup of Magnuson-Stevens and Other Fisheries Bills, Hearing on National Ocean Policy

Tuesday, December 12 The House Committee on Natural Resources has scheduled a markup on 15 bills including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act beginning on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in 1324 Longworth House Office Building. The committee will convene for opening statements only and will reconvene the following day. Tuesday, December 12... Read More

South Atlantic Council Opens Red Snapper Season

On October 27, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council announced open commercial and recreational fisheries for Red Snapper. The recreational season opened in federal waters of the South Atlantic for two consecutive three-day weekends, November 3-5 and November 10-12. The commercial fishery opened November 2 with a 75-pound (gutted weight) trip limit and no minimum... Read More

AFS Members Testify in Magnuson-Stevens Hearing; McMullin Calls for Special Committee

The Senate Commerce Committee Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee convened a Magnuson-Stevens Act re-authorization hearing focusing on fisheries science on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The hearing, a fourth of the series, focused on the state of our nation’s fisheries and the science that supports sustainable management. The witnesses included two AFS members, Ray... Read More

Commerce Secretary Wades into Marine Fisheries Management

As Commerce chief, Secretary Wilbur Ross’ portfolio includes oversight of NOAA, but it is rather unusual for a cabinet level official to wade into federal fisheries management decisions.  National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS or NOAA Fisheries), a unit within NOAA is charged with management of the nation’s fisheries. With the help of the six regional... Read More

Interview with new NOAA Fisheries head Chris Oliver

Sport Fishing magazine interviewed Chris Oliver, who was recently named assistant administrator of NOAA Fisheries. The interview touches on topics such as commercial vs. recreational fisheries management strategies, Magnuson-Stevens Act re-authorization, NOAA’s placement in the Department of Commerce, management of Red Snapper, FY 2018 budget cuts, offshore aquaculture, and catch shares in recreational fisheries. Read the... Read More