What is the National Marine Fisheries Service?


The National Marine Fisheries Service manages the nation’s ocean resources and works to conserve fish and other marine animals. This executive branch office, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, issues and enforces fishery regulations, including catch limits and season openings and closures; monitors fish and shellfish population numbers; and operates a seafood inspection program. The agency is also responsible for the recovery of marine species — such as whales and sea turtles — listed under the Endangered Species Act, and supporting habitat restoration programs. Its 2016 budget was nearly $1 billion and it employs about 4,800 people.


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