I think the U.S. has come a long way in its efforts to ensure sustainable fishing, but there is still some way to go. The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has maintained a Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program to develop technologies and techniques to reduce fishing bycatch. Bycatch is undoubtedly one of the most harmful aspects of commercial fishing these days, as it obliterates wide areas of ecosystem as a side effect of fishing one species from it. But bycatch reduction is not the only way to ensure sustainability. Studies have shown that community-based fishing practices are key to maintaining healthy ecosystems in the ocean. Perhaps the U.S. will need to restructure how fishing areas are owned and managed, in order to ensure their long term sustainability.
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