A report by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that a record number fisheries were rebuilt to healthy levels in 2011.
NOAA’s Status of U.S. Fisheries report declares Bering Sea snow crab, Atlantic coast summer flounder, Gulf of Maine haddock, northern California coast Chinook salmon, Washington coast coho salmon, and Pacific coast widow rockfish fully rebuilt to healthy levels.
Two indicators of stock health increased slightly over 2010:
- 86 percent of the populations examined for fishing activity (222 of 258) were not subject to overfishing, or not fished at too high a level, compared to 84 percent in 2010
- 79 percent of assessed populations (174 of 219) are not over fished, or were above levels that require a rebuilding plan, compared to 77 percent in 2010.
These data continue a long-term trend in rebuilding U.S. fisheries to sustainable and more productive levels that NOAA began tracking in 2000.