Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) Reauthorization

Congress periodically reviews the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and considers whether changes are warranted. Below are a number of documents and resources related to MSA reauthorization discussions and other legislative activities. 

Draft Legislation

Comment Letters

Council Comments on H.R. 1335: "Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (March 2015)"

Council Comments on Senate Staff Discussion Draft: "Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2014" (April 2014)

Council Comments on House Discussion Draft: “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act" (December 2013)

Council Coordination Committee (CCC) Comments

Congressional Hearings

Click on any of the links below for additional information about each hearing, including background documents, complete witness lists, written testimonies, and archived video webcasts.

March 15, 2017: Oversight Hearing on Examining the Creation and Management of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries, U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans 

May 20, 2015: Improvements and Innovations in Fishery Management and Data Collection, Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

February 27, 2014: North Pacific Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act ReauthorizationU.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

February 4 and February 28, 2014: Legislative Hearing on H.R. ____ (Hastings of WA), "Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act"U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee

January 30, 2014: West Coast and Western Pacific Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act ReauthorizationU.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

November 14, 2013: Senate Hearing on Southeast Regional Perspectives on MSA ReauthorizationU.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Sep 11, 2013: Oversight Hearing on "Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act"U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee

July 23, 2013: Senate Hearing on Magnuson-Stevens Act – Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional PerspectivesU.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

June 27, 2013: Oversight Hearing on "The Management of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act"U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee

May 21, 2013: Oversight Hearing on "Data collection issues in relation to the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act"U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee. Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Oversight Hearing on "The reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act"U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee

August 25, 2012: Oversight Field Hearing on "Fishing = Jobs: How Strengthening America’s Fisheries Strengthens Our Economy"U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee

March 22, 2012: Oversight Hearing on "Empty Hooks: The National Ocean Policy is the Latest Threat to Access for Recreational and Commercial Fishermen"U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

December 1, 2011: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 594, H.R. 1013, H.R. 1646, H.R. 2304, H.R. 2610, H.R. 2753, H.R. 2772, and H.R. 3061U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee

July 26, 2011: Oversight Hearing on "NOAA's Fishery Science: Is the Lack of Basic Science Costing Jobs?"U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Additional Information

Related Links

Background Documents