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Status of Stocks 2015

April 20, 2016

U.S. Fisheries Continue to Rebuild

Status of Stocks 2015 by the numbers

As a result of the combined efforts of NOAA Fisheries, the regional fishery management councils, and all our partners, in 2015 we rebuilt two stocks, and the number of stocks listed as subject to overfishing or overfished remains near an all-time low.

On the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, we recognize that our dynamic, science-based management process is proving to be successful at ending overfishing and rebuilding stocks, helping us realize significant benefits to the economy. 

Dynamic Fisheries Management

Managing fisheries sustainably is an adaptive process that relies on sound science, innovative management approaches, effective enforcement, and meaningful partnerships. Fisheries management occurs in a dynamic environment and amid increasingly changing ocean conditions. 

U.S. fisheries play an important role in the nation’s economy providing opportunities for commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing, and sustainable seafood for the nation. Sustainably managed fisheries also contribute to a healthy and resilient ecosystem.

Adapting for the Future

We continue to adapt our science and management process in light of ecosystem factors. Our work on the Climate Science Strategy, draft Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Strategy and draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy are just a few examples of how NOAA Fisheries is looking to the future to ensure the long-term sustainability of our fisheries and the communities that depend on them.

We look forward to working with Congress, the councils, our state partners, and other stakeholders to further these efforts and identify other opportunities to strengthen the long-term biological and economic sustainability of our nation’s fisheries.

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on May 31, 2019

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