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Bush signs fishing reform legislation
Sacramento Bee January 12, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush on Friday signed
into law a measure that overhauls management of
marine fisheries and strengthens protections
against further depletion of dwindling stocks. The
bill reauthorizes through 2013 the
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act, a 30-year-old law that guides
fishery management in waters between three miles
and 200 miles offshore. The act works to end
overfishing in America by 2011, uses market-based
incentives to replenish fish stocks and
strengthens enforcement of fishing laws.
Supporters said the measure strengthens current
law by requiring an end to overfishing,
science-based management of U.S. fisheries and
penalties for illegal fishing in international
waters. When Congress passed the measure, the
Natural Resources Defense Council said the world's
oceans are in serious trouble and the legislation
would help reverse their decline.
Environmentalists hailed a provision that sets
overall limits on the number of fish that can be
caught, while allowing fishermen flexibility in
how they divide shares of the total catch.
At the insistence of West Coast lawmakers, the
bill includes language to speed recovery of
Klamath River salmon stocks in California and
Oregon. For fishermen adversely affected by recent
closures aimed at protecting threatened fish,
there would be disaster relief programs.
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