Overfishing continues to harm US fish populations, and even where so called "rebuilding" plans are in place, overfishing often continues to prevent recovery.
So says a new study of how well US rebuilding plans are doing at restoring our prime fish populations to former abundance.
With Congress debating US fishery laws, it's an interesting time to consider how well things are working under existing law. The unfortunate answer is not so good. Check out the Overfishing Scorecard for another look at the problem.
Solutions? One response by our proud Congress to the failure to rebuild overfished populations is to redefine them as "diminished" in order to reduce the stigma. Now there's a solution!