Marine and coastal fisheries Impact factors

No, a high Impact Factor

For centuries, coastal communities in New England have relied upon a rich connection to the ocean and its bounty. Finfish such as cod and shad have supplied us with food, recreation and livelihoods for generations. At The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, one of our missions is to connect visitors to that heritage and to promote good stewardship of our ocean resources.

Our mission and our heritage, however, are challenged by decades of overfishing, habitat loss and other stressors on the marine environment. Today, depleted fisheries mean fewer commercial fishing jobs, fewer opportunities for recreational fishing, reduced options for seafood consumers and greater impacts to ocean ecosystems.

There are hopeful signals, though. The U.S. Congress is beginning to revisit how we manage ocean fish populations. Connecticut's congressional delegation has an opportunity to rebuild and sustain our fisheries by leading the effort to reauthorize and strengthen a key federal law.

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is the most important federal tool for the recovery of commercially and recreationally important fish species. First enacted in 1976, the act established a framework for managing ocean fish populations in U.S. waters. It was updated in 1996 and again in 2006. Its conservation objectives include establishing catch limits to end overfishing, rebuilding depleted fish populations, protecting essential fish habitat and reducing bycatch (ocean species accidentally caught, and often killed, while fishing for other species.

Setting catch limits based on the best available science ensures that the species most at risk are protected while self-sustaining breeding populations are re-established. This takes time, but it's well worth it. The alternative — allowing some species to be fished to dangerously low levels — would be ecological and economic tragedies. The past two updates of the act worked. Between 2000 and 2012, 32 species were rebuilt. Here in the Northeast, that means stronger populations of winter and windowpane flounder, pollock, striped bass and more.


Fish farming shouldnt be outlawed

2006-11-02 18:00:34 by ikkyu

There's forward progress in farming. one that's being used is large cages in the pelagic ocean rather than the more high density coastal pens. hawaiian moi is being farmed like that as are some salmon off the pacific northwest.
we really have no option but to go fwd and better manage the fish farms. wild populations cannot sustain the current fishing practices or catch quantities.
i just saw a sign in the window of whole foods th' other day. it seems chilean sea bass is off the danger list. how long d'you think before it's over fished again due to it's popularity?


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