Luetze discusses the decline in fish stocks worldwide. Almost a third of the fish stocks, as revealed in a four-year study of catch records, were 90 percent below the maximum historical catch level. Predictions are that by the mid-2000s the stocks will be practically nonexistent, affecting two hundred million people who fish for a living and one billion people who depend on fish as their primary food. He discusses the importance of renewing the Magnuson-Stevens Act of 1976, which established fishery councils to manage resources and fishing activities in the federal two-hundred-mile limit off the national coastline. Only in North Carolina's Southeastern Atlantic region has there been any progress is protecting and rebuilding fish stocks.