Sustainable Fisheries Management
Fish and shellfish are natural resources used by many groups, such as anglers catching fish for sport, commercial fishermen harvesting shrimp for a living, and families enjoying seafood for dinner. These important fisheries resources are renewable—they can reproduce and replenish their populations despite losses from natural causes and fishing. But they are not infinite—they must be harvested within certain limits to ensure they’re not depleted over time. Fisheries management is the process of using science to determine these limits—when, where, how, and how much fishermen can sustainably harvest—to ensure all groups can continue to share these resources for generations to come.
Read on to learn more about how we manage our fisheries in the Gulf, keeping this unique ecosystem healthy and ensuring people will always be able to enjoy our world-famous seafood and fishing.