Sending Office: Committee on Natural Resources – Minority Staff
The Magnuson-Stevens Act is Working. Join Scientists in Opposing H.R. 200
Republicans continue their assault on science
President Trump, Administrator Pruitt and Secretary Zinke are waging war on science, and House Republicans are helping them. Republicans are silencing government scientists and scientific agencies, and denying that climate change is real.
And now, House Republicans are bringing a bill to the floor that severely undermines science and jeopardizes the health of our oceans. H.R. 200, the Republican rewrite of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), would take fisheries
management back to the bad old days of overfishing important species, failing to rebuild stocks, and regulating fisheries based on politics, not science.
Scientists are speaking out in opposition to this bill. Over 200 scientists signed on to a
letter urging Members of Congress to oppose H.R. 200.
The reforms to Magnuson adopted over the past two decades that have been critical to making U.S. fisheries more valuable and sustainable, are now under attack. The MSA is responsible for ending nearly all overfishing, and in areas where science-based catch
limits have been in place for multiple years, fish stocks are rebuilding and fishermen are reaping the benefits. The changes in H.R. 200 jeopardize that progress and would turn back the clock on healthy fisheries.
There is too much at stake to let short-term pressures undermine the ongoing progress toward making U.S. fisheries and fishing communities the healthiest and most profitable in the world.
Please join me in voting against this anti-science and anti-conservation bill.
Raúl M. Grijalva
House Committee on Natural Resources
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