Tag Archives: Government Accountability Office

Officials calling for more accurate fish counts

The federal agency in charge of the nation’s fisheries should do a better job counting fish so it can develop proper catch limits for recreational anglers, a report by Congress’ investigative arm concludes. The analysis by the Government Accountability Office was requested nearly three years ago by several Republican senators from the Gulf Coast who believe the Obama administration may have been overly restrictive in imposing catch limits on several popular fish, including red snapper. Read the article here 09:10

Make sure fish counts are right

The federal government owes it to the people, businesses and natural resources it oversees to get it right when it comes to questions of science. The question of getting an accurate scientifically sound count on fish when determining government policy is a no-brainer. continued

Gulf fish-counting method needs scrutiny, lawmakers say

Those stocks are used to determine catch limits and have long been a source of contention for the fishing industry and environmentalists. Environmental groups concerned about dwindling stocks of vulnerable species say overfishing could affect the Gulf region’s ecology and economy for decades. Fishermen say current catch limits are based on flawed science and have cost coastal communities jobs and other economic benefits. Read more

Gulf Coast senators ask for investigation of National Marine Fisheries Service

Eight senators from coastal states asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the way the National Marine Fisheries estimates the size of fish populations in U.S. waters. Called stock assessments by the fisheries service, those estimates are used to set annual catch limits for recreational and commercial fisheries.  Read more here