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Current Developments in U.S. Fisheries Policy

April 2018

Citation: 48 ELR 10279

Issue: 4

Author: Xiao Recio-Blanco, Monica Goldberg, Mike Gravitz, and Shana Miller

The Trump Administration’s approach to fisheries management appears to constitute a significant policymaking shift. Recent NOAA decisions, such as extending the Gulf of Mexico red snapper season or overturning an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decision to cut New Jersey’s recreational quota for summer flounder, seem to go against the agency’s traditional approach of placing scientific information at the center of fisheries decisionmaking. On January 25, 2018, ELI held a webinar to discuss these and other recent developments, and to assess the direction U.S. fisheries policymaking may take in the future. In this Dialogue, ELR presents a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

Xiao Recio-Blanco (moderator) is Director of the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute. Monica Goldberg is Chief Counsel, Oceans, at the Environmental Defense Fund. Mike Gravitz is Director of Policy and Legislation at the Marine Conservation Institute. Shana Miller is Program Manager of the Global Tuna Conservation Project at The Ocean Foundation.

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