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Proposed changes to US fishing rules could undo protections against overfishing

Since 1976 the US has relied on the Magnuson-Stevens Act to protect fisheries, first extending national waters to 200 miles to exclude foreign trawlers, and later setting sustainable catch limits. Now, the Republican-led House of Representatives has recently reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens and critics say some changes to the law could hurt sustainability.