The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service released its annual report card, called the “Status of U.S. Fisheries”. This report has been issued annually since 1997. The report summarizes the best available science for the 528 federally managed fish stocks.
“Overfishing” means the catch is above the target set in the fishery’s management plan, while “overfished” factors in a safety margin ensuring the stock is able to recover. This year’s report indicates that the country’s fisheries management system is working.
The country is making great progress ending overfishing and rebuilding stocks around the nation. We are turning a corner as we see important fish stocks rebounding.
This year’s report shows more evidence that affordable, healthy imported seafood coupled with a popular, iconic domestic catch will help feed America and grow the economy. Especially at a time when health experts report families need to more than double the amount of seafood we eat.
Source: SeafoodSource.com, July 2011