New Report: Rebuilding Depleted Fish Populations


The U.S. fishing industry is a source of food and livelihood for millions of Americans, but about 20 percent of U.S. fisheries that have been assessed are overfished, according to a 2012 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Federal law requires that overfished fisheries be placed under “rebuilding” plans, which generally involve substantial reductions in fishing, raising concerns about the social and economic impacts to the fishing communities and the industry.  


EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FISH STOCK REBUILDING PLANS IN THE UNITED STATES, a new congressionally requested report from the National Research Council, examines how well depleted fisheries have recovered under the rebuilding plans and identifies fishery management strategies that may lessen the social and economic impacts of rebuilding.


Advance copies will be available to reporters only starting at noon EDT on Wednesday, Sept 4.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Sept. 5.  To obtain a copy, reporters can contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail