Protecting our Fishing Economy

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, or MSA, has been the primary U.S. law governing fisheries since 1976. It’s up for reauthorization by Congress, leaving it vulnerable to attacks from special interests who want to see its core provisions weakened, not strengthened.

CLF in Action  

We know it’s possible to operate fisheries that boost the economy and sustain fish populations, largely thanks to the MSA’s success in helping many fish stocks to rebound. But with cod and other fish populations still struggling to recover from overfishing, now is not the time to roll back protections – we need to strengthen the federal fisheries law to ensure that these vulnerable species, and the fishing communities that depend on them, can bounce back for good.

CLF has fought for decades for regulations based on sound science to achieve long-term results and help fishing communities thrive. We know that more work remains to continue this progress. That’s why we’re working to ensure the next iteration of the Magnuson-Stevens Act builds on the law’s success to help more fish populations recover.