The “Modern Fish Act” How You Can Fight It

To your readers …

The U.S. House of Representatives delayed the vote on H.R. 200 until July 11, giving you time to take action! The passing of H.R. 200 could lead to undermining our hard-won progress toward ensuring healthier oceans and more sustainable fish populations.

Characterized as the “Modern Fish Act,” it is anything but, H.R. 200:

  • Undermines the strong science and conservation measures in the current Magnuson-Stevens Act and promotes greater uncertainty in the future management of our fisheries
  • Broadens the categories of data deemed to be “best available science” to include information provided by sources untrained in scientific survey methods and data gathering.
  • Weakens the mandate to use science-based fishing catch limits.

Please tell your Member of Congress to oppose H.R. 200, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” The bill could go to the House floor Wednesday July 11, 2018 so PLEASE ACT NOW!

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Please take action to urge your member of Congress to vote against H.R. 200.

For more about the issues at stake, please visit

Thank you for taking action today.


Rob Vandermark, Executive Director
Marine Fish Conservation Network

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