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REPORT DETAILS THREAT TO FISHERIES.

Byline: Anastasia Hendrix The San Francisco Examiner

Some seafood soon could be swimming off menus if declining populations aren't protected, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

``People need to know that there is not going to be a supply of everything on their menus forever,'' said Liza Pike, spokeswoman for the council. ``But the fish will come back if we do the right thing. We can do something about this.''

According to the nonprofit environmental group's report, ``Hook, Line and Sinking: The Crisis in Marine Fisheries,'' black sea bass, ling cod, Pacific red snapper, monk fish, sole, sea scallops and some types of tuna are among the most threatened species.

Overfishing - catching fish faster than the fish can replenish themselves - is the largest contributor to the problem, according to the 150-page report released last week. Habitat destruction and pollution can have equally damaging results, it states.

Rod McInnis, chief of the fisheries management division of the National Marine Fisheries Service, said that his and other federal and state regulatory agencies are doing what they can to determine whether some species are being overfished.

``We have been working on many species and developing stock assessments to make sure we are not taking more than the appropriate amount,'' he said from his office in Long Beach.

It will take years to determine the population levels of fish because there are so many different species, he said.

While the Pacific Coast has substantially healthier fish population than the Atlantic Coast, the report asserts that it is at greater risk as more boats from New England and other East Coast areas move.
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