09 Jan '12, 9pm

U.S. is Now First Nation to Limit Catch Size for All Fish

U.S. is Now First Nation to Limit Catch Size for All Fish

Walt Hubis via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 Here's some good environmental news to kick off a year that began rather depressingly in other regards : The United States has, for the first time, moved "to impose catch limits for every species it manages, from Alaskan pollock to Caribbean queen conch," the Washington Post reports . That means each of the 528 commercially fished species that the U.S. oversees will have distinct catch limits that prohibit overfishing and protect stocks that are rapidly being depleted. This is some really big news, too – and not just for the U.S. This is the first law of its kind on the books in any nation; the first law that establishes mandatory catch limits for impacted species. And it's bipartisan to boot! Here's the WaPo: Five years ago, Bush signed a reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which dates to the mid-1970s and governs all fishing in U...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/us-now-first-n...

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