Fishing is an integral part of New England’s cultural identity and our history. But balancing healthy oceans and healthy fisheries can be tricky.

That’s why we, at the New England Aquarium, support science-based fisheries management. Policies that have helped species like Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus) recover from the brink of collapse.


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Acadian Redfish PSA

What Can You Do?

Buy seafood caught by U.S. fishers in U.S. waters! You can also visit the Aquarium and sign a comment card to let your representative know you support our ocean and strong, science-based fisheries management policies. Comment cards are available at the Box Office and Information Desk.

Until the 1950s, Acadian redfish were a prized commercial fishery in the United States. But severe overfishing caused the population to decline to dangerous levels. In 2004, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) established a population plan to rebuild redfish stocks. Using science-based methods, that rebuilding plan was a success and by 2012, the Acadian redfish population was declared “fully rebuilt.”

Science-Based Management

The United States is a leader in fisheries management because policymakers work with scientists and fishermen worked to create the laws that manage our commercial fisheries. It’s these policies that have allowed redfish to recover and can help us retain healthy fish stocks throughout the rest of the United States.

First enacted in 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act governs fishing in U.S. federal waters. It has helped reshape fisheries management in the United States and the percentage of fish stocks overfished in U.S. waters is at an all-time low. We support fishing and fishermen.  It’s important to have strong, science-based fisheries management so that we can continue to have sustainably harvested natural resources from our ocean.

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Special thanks to our partners at Mystic Aquarium.
This project was supported, in part, by The Ocean Project.