Schoonveld: Crony Capitalism at Sea

The National Marine Fisheries Service (in the Department of Commerce) is charged with managing and sustaining America’s populations of ocean fish occurring off its shores. Like others in the federal government’s alphabet soup of agencies (VA, IRS, NEA and others) the NMFS has a poor record. Often, it’s only after populations of fish valuable as game fish and/or for commercial catchers become so meager as to be on the verge of extinction does the NMFS step in to halt over-exploitation.

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