2019 Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries

July 15, 2020

The annual Status of Stocks report highlights our work with partners toward the goal of maximizing fishing opportunities while ensuring the sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities that support the American economy.

Southern California Cowcod

Southern California cowcod: one of two stocks rebuilt in 2019.

NOAA Fisheries is pleased to present the 2019 Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries under the science-based framework established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Thanks to the combined efforts of NOAA Fisheries, the eight regional fishery management councils, and other partners, the number of stocks on the overfishing list dropped to an all-time low in 2019, while the number of stocks on the overfished list increased slightly. Continuous monitoring and improvement of our knowledge about the status of stocks is key to ongoing sustainable fisheries management under the MSA.

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on July 29, 2020

Status of Stocks