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Friday, 18th May 2012

Status of Stocks: Report on the Status of U.S. Fisheries

Source: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

From the publication web page:

NOAA Fisheries releases the 15th Annual Report to Congress on the Status of the Nation’s Fisheries. This report documents our national journey toward ending overfishing and rebuilding the nation’s fisheries.

Since 1997, this annual report to Congress identifies the status of our managed stocks and complexes. It provides a 'snap-shot' in time of where our nation’s fisheries were at the end of 2011 in relation to their thresholds of overfishing and overfished. This report does not capture the dynamic nature of sustainability and the many factors that may influence a fishery and require harvests to be adjusted. The strength of the U.S. science-based model for managing fisheries relies on stock assessments to monitor populations and a management system that adjusts harvest levels accordingly. It is this iterative process between science and management that for years has worked in many fisheries around the country.

+ Link to full report (PDF; 3.08 MB)

+ Link to report summary (PDF; 855 KB)



Peggy Garvin, of Garvin Information Consulting, is the author of United States Government Internet Directory (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills, 2009 (TheCapitol.Net). In her 20 years in the information business, Peggy has managed electronic information products and services in a variety of environments, including commercial publishing, e-commerce, law firms, and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Peggy's work has been recognized with the 2011 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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