A Big Achievement for Fisheries and the Fish Population!
NOAA released a report on May 14, 2012 which indicated that a record 6 fish populations had been declared rebuilt to healthy levels! This means that 27 fish populations have been rebuilt in the last 11 years!
“With annual catch limits in place this year for all domestic fish populations and the continued commitment of fishermen to rebuild the stocks they rely on, we’re making even greater progress in ending overfishing and rebuilding stocks around the nation,” said Samuel Rauch, acting assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries. “Healthy and abundant fish populations and marine ecosystems support seafood for Americans, create lasting jobs, and enhance saltwater recreational fishing opportunities.”
The six now healthy fish populations are the Bering Sea snow crab, Atlantic coast summer flounder, Gulf of Maine haddock, northern California coast Chinook salmon, Washington coast coho salmon, and Pacific coast widow rockfish.