In 1976, Republicans and Democrats came together and created a solution to prevent the collapse of fish populations and the birds that depend on them by signing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) into law. Key objectives outlined in the MSA are to prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, increase long-term economic and social benefits, and ensure a safe and sustainable supply of seafood.
The MSA is the primary law that governs management of ocean fish in U.S. federal waters and has served as the nation’s road map to sustainably managed fisheries.
Currently missing from the MSA is adequate protections for forage fish, like herring and anchovy. Learn how this impacts seabirds here, and what we're doing about it.
- Common and Least Tern - Atlantic Herring
- Osprey - Atlantic Pollock
- Razorbill - White Hake
- Northern Gannet - Sandlance
- Roseate Tern - White Hake
Congress is currently working to reauthorize this law, and while significant progress has been made since the MSA was enacted, there is still more work to be done.
Audubon Connecticut supports strengthening this law to protect the prey that birds and other wildlife depend on.