U.S. marine fish stocks projected to improve by 2022.


Today, NOAA released 2022 stock status reportProviding a snapshot of over 490 fish stocks managed by NOAA Fisheries. Sustaining sustainable fish production contributes significantly to the U.S. economy, provides important recreational opportunities, and helps cope with the nation’s growing seafood supply.

In the year In 2022, US fisheries data show that 93% of stocks are not susceptible to overfishing and 81% are not overfished. These numbers show slight improvements compared to 92% and 80% in 2021, respectively. Positive trends were seen this year as the number of stocks on the overfishing list decreased by two stocks to 24 and the number of overfished stocks decreased by three stocks to 48.

NOAA Fisheries also implemented new island-based fisheries management plans for Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. John and St. Croix this year, strengthening existing Caribbean fisheries management plans and placing 32 new stocks under NOAA management authority. These new plans address the differences between fishing sectors, available markets for harvested products, fishermen and fisherfolk communities, and the unique social and cultural characteristics of each island area.

Of the more than 490 stocks managed by NOAA, 355 are of known overfishing status (331 overfished and 24 not overfished) and 249 have overfished status (201 overfished and 48 overfished).
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“This annual report demonstrates that the U.S. continues to be a global leader in protecting sustainable fisheries that drive a blue economy, support coastal communities and play a key role in marine ecosystems,” said Rick Spirad, Ph.D., NOAA Administrator. “NOAA and our partners continue to build the nation’s successful fisheries management system by advancing policies and plans that help address changing conditions.”

of Latest data It shows that U.S. commercial and recreational fishing supports 1.7 million full- and part-time jobs in the broader economy, generates more than $253 billion in sales impact, and contributes $79.4 billion to gross domestic product.

“Sustainably managing fisheries is an adaptive process that relies on solid science and innovation to conserve species and habitats and grow our nation’s seafood supply,” said Janet Coit, NOAA’s assistant administrator for fisheries. “NOAA fisheries conducted 198 stock assessments in fiscal year 2022 and continue to be key to rebuilding and maintaining sustainable fish stocks in partnership with the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.

NOAA researchers recently created International forecasts Sudden and dramatic ocean warming can give a year’s advance notice of potential sea temperatures. These predictions help fishing vessels, ocean managers, and coastal communities anticipate significant changes in ocean ecosystems. NOAA Fisheries Distribution website tool It also provides information to track the location and movement of marine fish and vertebrate species in US waters, which may change in response to changing ocean conditions.

Sustainable American Fish They play an important role in the country’s economy – commercial, recreational and subsistence fishing, and providing consumers with sustainable seafood. To sustain U.S. fisheries, NOAA Fisheries continuously adjusts management actions to address climate change, rebuild stocks, end overfishing, and develop new forecasting tools to better predict ocean conditions.

For accredited media, today at 2:00 p.m., NOAA Fisheries will host a teleconference to give journalists the opportunity to speak with an expert and ask questions about the 2022 Stock Status Report. Please email [email protected] Call for information.

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