Policy ForumOceans

U.S. Ocean Fish Recovery: Staying the Course

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Science  29 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5735, pp. 707-708
DOI: 10.1126/science.1113725

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This Policy Forum is a defense of existing, embattled U.S. legislative policy toward ending overfishing and rebuilding depleted populations within a specified time frame. The United States now uniquely has numerous marine species whose recovering populations are linkable to federal rebuilding mandates. Yet lawsuits and congressional bills introduced at the behest of the fishing industry would relax or eliminate the law's recovery mandates. We show quantitatively that the existing timetable is responsible, reasonable, and biologically feasible.