Report calls for new fishing policies


  • Randy Showstack


A new report by the National Research Council says that in order to restore fish populations and protect ecosystems, fishery managers should develop policies aimed towardsubstantially reducing fishing. The report, “Sustaining Marine Fisheries,” calls for management plans that cover commercial fishing as well as recreational and subsistence fishing.

The report also calls for more coastal and ocean areas to be designated as protected, nonfishing zones. Less than a quarter of one percent of coastal sea areas currently are designated as marine-protected areas, but such areas can quickly restore populations of fish and other aquatic life, as well as reduce pollution, according to the report. More fishermen should be involved in planning and designating protected areas, the report adds.