US is First Country In The World To Limit Catch for All Fish

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Local wahoo has catch limits for the first time.
In a rare bipartisan effort to end overfishing, the US has agreed to impose annual catch limits on every species it manages -- that's 528 in all. The law was drafted by lawmakers and regional councils representing a mix of local interests.

For South Florida, the new regulations mean fish such as mahi-mahi and wahoo will have catch limits for the first time.

"This marks an important shift in a pursuit that has helped define the country since its founding," reported today's Washington Post.

It's the first time the US has collectively heard scientists who say catch limits are so unsustainable they would lead to the crash of fish populations and a drought of revenue for fishermen if things didn't shore up.

Forty of 46 fishery management plans that cover all federally managed stocks have been finalized, with the remaining to wrap before May 1.

What environmentalists are celebrating today has been resisted by commercial and recreational groups. "This simple but enormously powerful provision had eluded lawmakers for years and is probably the most important conservation statute ever enacted into America's fisheries law," said Joshua Reichert, managing director of Pew Environment Group. For recreational fishermen (like my father), it means take your attorney on your next fishing trip.

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