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Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act – 2007 Reauthorization
In 2006, Congress passed another significant amendment, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006, which was signed into law in January 2007. This law was groundbreaking in several respects as it featured a number of new requirements to:
- Prevent overfishing by establishing annual catch limits and accountability measures.
- Promote market-based management strategies, including limited access privilege programs, such as catch shares.
- Strengthen the role of science through peer review, the Councils’ Scientific and Statistical Committees, and the Marine Recreational Information Program.
- Enhance international fisheries sustainability by addressing illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing and bycatch.
Read more about the efforts to implement the 2007 Amendments.