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Don't let government go backwards on overfishing

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Loosening rules that protect fisheries will hurt the oceans

Overfishing doesn't just hurt fish and fishermen. Animals that depend on fish, like dolphins, would also suffer if a prey species collapsed. After decades of overfishing, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act has helped to repair our fisheries. But just as these fish are starting to recover, some groups are trying to weaken the provisions that keep them protected.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently considering changes to the ways the government manages our fisheries. While this could be an opportunity to strengthen key protections for vulnerable species and ocean ecosystems, pressure from those who oppose the current protections could also lead NMFS to weaken them and put our fisheries in danger.

Please tell NMFS to support healthy oceans by defending the protections for our nation’s struggling fisheries.

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