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    This might be big step in controlling overfishing of forage species and take it out of the hands of state legislatures.

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    The bill, called the "Forage Fish Conservation Act," would create a new definition for forage fish in federal waters, protecting the animals for the first time under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, the nation's primary fisheries law.

    This would apply to Federal fisheries management only; the states and the Interstate Commissions would not be bound by this legislation if it passes.

    The bill would require an assessment of what impact a new commercial forage fishery could have on existing fisheries and communities, while fishery managers would be required to consider forage fish when making research plans.

    States would maintain management of forage fish within their jurisdictions. Environmental groups endorsed the legislation, along with a number of recreational fishing and hunting groups, including the American Sportfishing Association.

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    It's a good idea that took too long to come up with but now ,they will have to probably do a 20 year study to prove it. By then it may be too late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt.Nick View Post
    It's a good idea that took too long to come up with but now ,they will have to probably do a 20 year study to prove it. By then it may be too late.
    Exactly....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveL View Post
    This would apply to Federal fisheries management only; the states and the Interstate Commissions would not be bound by this legislation if it passes.

    In other words, Omega will still be able to proceed with their localized depletion

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    Quote Originally Posted by iFishMD View Post
    In other words, Omega will still be able to proceed with their localized depletion
    Yes I agree with that statement.

    Just like if striped bass were managed under the Magnuson Act requirements to end overfishing and rebuild fish stocks it would have _required_ new conservation measures to be implemented after the last benchmark stock assessment clearly showed the population was in trouble, rather than waiting 3 years for the next stock assessment to see how much worse it is now and everyone wringing their hands over the state of the fishery and pointing blame at other sectors. The history of fishery management is to manage to the margins, overshoot mortality and undershoot stock rebuilding, and have serial depletion.

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    Wouldn’t that force more operations into the bay?

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    Up here in NJ the bunker are usually within the three mile limit and are under state jurisdiction and not federal.

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