2015 NOAA Status of the Stocks Report

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NOAA Fisheries recently released its 2015 Status of Stocks report to Congress. The number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing remain near all-time lows, according to the report.

The Status of Stocks report highlights recent efforts to manage U.S. fish stocks at sustainable levels.

In 2015, eight stocks came off the overfishing list:

greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico
gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico;
hogfish in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico;
thorny skate in the Gulf of Maine;
winter skate in Georges Bank/Southern New England;
windowpane flounder in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank;
Puerto Rico scups and porgies complex (similar species that occur in the same area)
Puerto Rico wrasses complex.

Blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic and canary rockfish along the Pacific Coast are no longer listed as overfished.

Canary rockfish and petrale sole were rebuilt to target levels in 2015. The total number of rebuilt U.S. marine fish stocks since 2000 stands at 39.

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source: NOAA Fisheries