Message to NOAA: Time to Prioritize Climate-Ready Fisheries

Fisherman holding tarpon to release

Healthy fish populations are building blocks of a healthy ocean. They support marine ecosystems, including other wildlife like whales and seabirds. They are also engines of our coastal economies and the communities that rely on them, with fisheries supporting an estimated 1.7 million jobs in the United States.

With increasingly acute impacts of climate change, however, it has become more obvious that there will not always be more fish in the sea. This means that a business-as-usual approach to fisheries management will be insufficient.

This National Seafood Month, NRDC is joining partners and members of Congress in calling on NOAA Fisheries to take bold action to scale up “climate-ready” fisheries management approaches.


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