MSA & Sustainable Fisheries Act Controversy
Many environmental groups and some Members of Congress are particularly concerned with the progress of the regional councils in implementing SFA requirements. Often critical that the councils have failed to comply with the law, rather than fully embracing the new goals and objectives.
Some commercial fishermen contend that the standards established by NMFS guidelines are unrealistic, given the dearth of scientific information. They contend that this has resulted in assumption-based and model-based goals that are at odds with implementing meaningful protection.