Recently, a new bi-partisan bill was presented to Congress to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006. The Bill, known as the “Fishery Science Improvement Act of 2011″ aims to require new stock assessments for stocks that haven’t been tested in more than six years. It would require that all annual catch limits be based off recent scientific data.
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) responded by saying “Fishery management decisions should be based on sound science. This legislation will ensure that science is a priority.
“It’s a simple formula,” said Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Regulatory decisions, if necessary, should always be based on sound science. This legislation provides a simple answer to fisherman and to fishery managers.”
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane stated that, ”The legislation is critical to sportsmen from coast to coast to coast. NOAA Fisheries needs this discrete legislative fix to ensure that recreational and commercial fishermen are not left at the dock because of the agency’s lack of science.”