In a move that shockingly hasnâ€™t divided party lines further, the U.S. federal government has implemented a rule to attempt to prevent overfishingÂ in seas surrounding the country. The policy was originally initiated under George W. Bush, and was finalized by president Obama.
According to Joshua Reichert, managing director for the Pew Environmental Group, â€œThis simple but enormously powerful provision had eluded lawmakers for years and is probably the most important conservation statute ever enacted into Americaâ€™s fisheries law.â€
Before this went into effect, regional fish management councils ignored scientists who set limits. Scientists claimed business-as-usual fishing was unsustainable and would lead to dwindling fish populations, as well as dwindling revenue for fishermen. However, they have since signed off on these laws, finally understanding the value of still having fish in the future, even if it means fewer fish in the present. What a concept.
Of course there are still a handful of congressmen who are fighting against this, hoping to undo the regulations due to â€œlack of scientific data to justify the restrictionsâ€, claiming the mandates are arbitrary and rigid. Congress canâ€™t win them all.
Itâ€™s sort of sad that the government has to put forth regulations to keep humans from driving every species to extinction, but itâ€™s also not that surprising. At least itâ€™s nice to see that some of them care enough, even if itâ€™s just so humans can continue to have delicious fish dinners in the future.