We have come a long way since the early days of the current law. Americans rely on a healthy ocean for jobs, food and a way of life. Undoing key provisions of Magnuson puts all of us at risk. We must build on the current law, continue to improve the system that manages our nation’s fisheries, invest in science and technology and strengthen cooperative research programs, so that we all can benefit from a healthy ocean and a strong economy.
Eric Schwaab is the chief conservation officer of the National Aquarium, as well as a senior vice president. Bill Hogarth is the director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, and was until recently the interim regional chancellor of the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg.