Status of Stocks 2017

May 14, 2018

Overfished list drops to new all-time low.

Crab and lobster pots and commercial vessel at dockside.
 
Graphic showing overfished or overfishing stock status percentages.

It was another year of positive progress rebuilding our nation’s fish stocks. Our newly released Status of U.S. Fisheries report for 2017 shows the number of stocks on the overfished list just reached a new all-time low.

By the end of 2017, the number of stocks on the overfishing list remained at 30, while the number of stocks on the overfished list dropped to 35, the lowest number ever. Additionally, three more fish stocks were rebuilt in 2017, bringing the total number of rebuilt stocks to 44 since 2000.

Recipe for Sustainable Fisheries

Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the United States has become an international leader in fisheries management. Sustainable fisheries management is an adaptive process that relies on sound science, innovative management approaches, effective enforcement, meaningful partnerships, and robust public participation. Sustainable fisheries play an important role in the nation’s economy by providing opportunities for commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing, marine aquaculture, and sustainable seafood for the nation.

table of stocks added and removed from overfished and overfishing lists in 2017.

Adapting for the Future

NOAA Fisheries and our partners are working harder than ever to meet our conservation goals in a way that maximizes revenue, increases fishing opportunities, and reduces regulatory burdens on the industry. In 2018, in conjunction with the regional fishery management councils, we will review all fishery regulations to identify those that should be removed or revised.

This is just one example of how we are ensuring the long-term sustainability of our fisheries while continuing to provide opportunities to the businesses and communities that depend on them. We also look forward to working with Congress, the councils, our partners, and other stakeholders to continue to help us provide significant benefits to the U.S. economy.

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on July 21, 2018