Fisheries Policy Transformation
The reauthorization of the US fisheries legislation, traditionally known at the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act - or as we like to call it The Fish Bill - is currently underway and is a prime opportunity to bring this new narrative to light. Allies within the Fish Locally Collaborative developed a sign-on letter to congress and will be looking to create additional action opportunities in the upcoming year. Read more.
We know Catch Share policy aims to consolidate, privatize, and corporatize fisheries access on a national and international level. In some cases communities have fought hard to win safeguard protections. But that is becoming the exception to the rule. We also are seeing the consequence play out in a big way through the recent IRS indictment of large-scale fishing fleet owner Carlos Rafael who was empowered by these policies. See a related Boston Globe editorial by NAMA.