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. 

Introduced Legislation - 115th Congress

Note: For information about legislation introduced prior to the 115th Congress (January 3, 2017 - present), please scroll down to the "Archive" section.

House of Representatives

Senate

Council Coordination Committee (CCC) Working Paper on MSA Reauthorization Issues

The CCC developed a working paper to describe consensus positions and the range of Regional Fishery Management Council perspectives on key issues being considered as part of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) reauthorization process. This paper may be periodically updated as new legislation is introduced.

Council Comments on MSA Reauthorization

Council Comments on H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (January 2017)

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 - 115th Congress

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. For information about hearings prior to the 115th Congress (January 3, 2017 - January 3, 2019), please scroll down to the "Archive" section.

December 12, 2017: Full Committee Markup on 15 Bills (including H.R. 200)U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee

October 24, 2017: Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Fisheries ScienceU.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

September 26, 2017: Legislative Hearing on 4 Fishery Bills, U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans

September 12, 2017: Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

August 23, 2017: Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

August 1, 2017: Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: NOAA and Council Perspectives, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

July 19, 2017: Oversight Hearing "Exploring the Successes and Challenges of the Magnuson-Stevens Act,” U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans

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 


Archive

114th Congress

Introduced Legislation

Council Comments

Congressional Hearings

113th Congress

Introduced Legislation

Council Comments

Congressional Hearings

112th Congress

Congressional Hearings