Lee Crockett in a new edition of the Bottom Line examines the importance of NOAA Fisheries pushing ahead in 2013 on efforts to end overfishing in US waters.
Some of these new NOAA proposals would take us backward, with costly new delays and exemptions that could allow overfishing and reverse conservation gains. Other proposals offer an opportunity to improve the health of our oceans, by managing our fisheries as part of the larger ecosystem. This holistic approach — often called “ecosystem-based fisheries management” — looks beyond the health of individual species to also consider the food and habitat they rely upon. More than 46,000 public comments urged NOAA to advance conservation reforms such as limiting catch levels for important prey species to help ensure healthy populations of large predatory fish.
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