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Region(s) of Study: Waterbodies / Gulf of Mexico
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Karnauskas, M., R.J. Allee, J.K. Craig, M. Jepson, C.R. Kelble, M. Kilgour, R.D. Methot, and S.D. Regan. in press. Effective, Science‐Based Fishery Management is Good for Gulf of Mexico’s “Bottom Line” – but Evolving Challenges Remain. Fisheries Magazine. doi:10.1002/fsh.10216

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The northern Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is an ecologically and economically productive system that supports some of the largest volume and most valuable fisheries in the United States. The benefit of these fisheries to society and to the surrounding Gulf communities has varied historically, commensurate with the fish population sizes and the economic activities they are able to sustain. Following reauthorization of the Magnuson‐Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act in 1996, strict requirements were put into place for rebuilding overfished stocks, including several in the GoM.

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