MSA Reauthorization Fault Lines on Recreation and Stock Target Flexibility Exposed in House Hearing
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - July 25, 2017
In last week’s hearing on HR200, the latest version of amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the flash points between recreational and commercial fisheries management -- one of the most visible in the suite of proposed changes to the MSA -- were made clear.
The last time Magnuson-Stevens was amended, stock conservation efforts were strengthened and the standards to which the regional council system was held, were tightened. This go-around, “flexibility” in allowing conservation methods and goals to be more responsive to needs in the recreational sector is getting some traction in Congress.
HR 200, authored by Alaska’s Representative Don Young, eases requirements for a 10-year rebuilding plan...
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