The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will likely recommend some significant changes to the current version of the Magnuson Stevens Act — but not during its meeting in Sitka.

Council members have concerns over amendments that would exempt fisheries decisions from the National Environmental Policy Act, and open the door to potentially biased science.

The Magnuson Stevens Act is a huge law. It spells out the management of all fisheries in the United States that occur more than 3 miles offshore. Magnuson-Stevens created the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and the seven other regional councils that set the rules and regulations around the country.

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