Magnuson-Stevens Act will sustain fisheries

Congress is looking to begin reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the premier law regulating our nation's fisheries. Since 2000, 34 fish populations have been rebuilt thanks to the act. This benefits not only those species, but other species that depend on them for food, and fishermen who catch them. But there are 40 species that still have unhealthily low population levels.

Save the Sound's public forum, "Sustaining our Fisheries: Looking at the Big Picture," held at UConn-Avery Point, and Judy Benson's article about it ,"Forum focuses on improving fish-population management," (May 24), take the right approach to fishery conservation in Long Island Sound. Experts discussed how to make our regional and national fisheries more sustainable. Strong laws are good for our environment and economy, because healthier levels of fish in our waters benefit the fish, fishermen, and the entire ecosystem.

David Monti, captain of Rhode Island-based No Fluke Fishing Charters, said it would be wonderful if we could "mobilize a great force" of recreational anglers to lobby for improved fisheries management, focusing on big-picture thinking, more education, and strengthened regulation.

As an avid surf fisherman, I call on all anglers to contact your congressmen and urge reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

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