Environmental Initiatives

Our Goals

Vibrant fish populations are vital for a healthy ocean ecosystem. We strive to ensure bountiful seafood, fishing and recreational opportunities for generations to come. Our work emphasizes:

  • Scientifically sound limits on the number of fish caught annually. In the past, limits did not exist or were insufficient in preventing several species from plummeting to dangerously low population levels. More cautious limits can help prevent overfishing and allow dwindling fish species to recover.
  • A holistic approach to managing the ocean ecosystem.  We work with fishery managers to implement a more cautious system for setting fishing limits to prevent future overfishing and keep fish species healthy.
  • Congressional economic assistance to fishermen who need help while fish populations recover and support of scientific research to ensure plans that protect and restore these species are working.
  • The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: the nation’s fishing law that has guided several important fish species toward recovery.

Campaign Progress

  • Nine Species Saved Added: Dec. 29, 2010

    We worked with fishery managers on a plan to save nine dwindling species, including the critically imperiled Warsaw grouper, which can weigh up to 400 pounds and grow to eight feet but whose population has plummeted to just six percent of healthy levels. The plan, finalized in 2010, includes new protections for all nine species and sets stricter limits on the amounts caught annually.

  • Red Snapper Get a Break Added: Dec. 9, 2010

    Our team helped ensure passage of a strong long-term recovery plan for red snapper–an iconic southeast species that had plummeted to a critically low population level. The plan, approved last year, includes a moratorium on red snapper fishing, among other measures. Under the recovery plan, in less than 10 years, the red snapper population is expected to flourish, providing more robust fishing than in recent times.

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