The Next Generation of Fishing


Published on Jun 12, 2013

The United States has a storied history as a maritime nation, and fishing has long served as both an economic engine and social and cultural touchstone for American communities from coast to coast.

Today, with over 90 percent of our seafood imported from abroad, increasing conflicts between commercial and recreational fisheries, and multiple challenges related to seafood safety and traceability, the next generation of that tradition is at risk. In anticipation of the impending reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, this discussion will offer diverse perspectives on the current and potential future state of fisheries, including how food security, seafood health, and commercial and recreational fishing employment in coastal communities may be addressed by the 113th Congress and others.

Michael Conathan | Director, Ocean Policy, Center for American Progress

Aaron Adams | Director of Operations, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Bubba Cochrane | President, Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance

Meghan Jeans | Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Programs, The New England Aquarium

Brad Pettinger | Executive Director, Oregon Trawl Commission

Matt Tinning | Executive Director, Marine Fish Conservation Network

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