Fisheries:

NET's Gerry Leape examines the political outlook for Magnuson-Stevens bill

Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens bill, which governs the nation's fisheries, is shaping up to be a contentious process, with competing legislative proposals from Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) and Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.). During today's OnPoint, Gerry Leape, vice president for marine conservation at the National Environmental Trust, delves into the details of these three bills, and discusses why environmental groups feel that strict catch limits are a top priority. Plus, Leape discusses whether lawmakers can move the bill this year, and whether they will be able to act on recommendations from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.