The bill addresses**** several major areas. Obviously, as the title indicates, it addresses the “flexibility” issue. If the bill were to go through as currently written, it would, in my opinion, allow the Regional Fishery Management councils a great deal of latitude in how they rebuild what would be called depleted stocks. In the current MSA, we call these stocks overfished. My guess is that some in the commercial-fishing industry have a sensitivity to the “overfished” term and feel that it does not reflect the fact that there might be some environmental factors that impact stock abundance. The terminology change is not a big deal, and the required NOAA annual report to Congress on the status of the stocks would have to disclose which stocks were depleted due to fishing activity and those depleted due to environmental factors. However, I continue to believe that increased flexibility will lead to widespread use of constant-harvest strategy, and this is somewhat concerning. Remember that anglers use the least-efficient gear, and need healthy stocks to yield angling success and encourge an increase in numbers of fishing trips.