Overfishing can cause significant economic losses, disrupt the food supply chain, and damage ecosystem health. It is possible, however, to rebuild depleted fish stocks, and a new report from the National Research Council (NRC) says many fish stocks have indeed increased as a result of federal efforts to reduce pressure on overfished stocks.
According to a 2012 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), about 20 percent of the U.S. fisheries that have been assessed are overfished. The NRC report, which assessed the health of 55 fisheries, found that many depleted fish populations are showing signs of recovery, although fishing pressure is still too high for some fish stocks and others have not rebounded as quickly as plans projected.
View an Interactive Information Graphic to explore the health of fish populations over time.
View the report, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Fish Stock Rebuilding Plans in the United States.
New Report: Rebuilding Depleted Fish Stocks