Sending Office: Committee on Natural Resources – Minority Staff
The Magnuson-Stevens Act is Working.
Join the Fishing Industry, Scientists, Chefs, Related Businesses, and Conservation Groups in Opposing H.R. 200
The Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA) is one of our country’s most effective natural resource laws. The core provisions in the act that requires science-based fisheries management and rebuilding are responsible for bringing back over 40 commercial and recreational
fish stocks since 2000 following decades of overfishing. Unfortunately, H.R. 200, the so-called
“Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act,” would severely undermine these requirements.
The Magnuson-Stevens Act is working. U.S. fisheries have grown more profitable since its passage. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that continuing on the current path to fully rebuild fisheries would add an estimated $31
billion to the economy and create 500,000 new jobs. H.R. 200, which conservation groups have dubbed the “Empty Oceans Act,” would weaken NOAA’s ability to manage fish stocks sustainably.
Sea Pact, a group of leading seafood distributors across North America, said H.R. 200 “risks the United States’ competitive advantage in the marketplace and weakens the sustainability of our fisheries.”
As we begin debate on reauthorizing Magnuson-Stevens, it is imperative that we do not give in to pressure to take fisheries management back to the bad old days of overfishing key species, failing to rebuild stocks, and regulating based on politics, not science.
There is too much at stake to let short-term pressures hamper the ongoing progress toward making U.S. fisheries and fishing communities the healthiest and most profitable in the world.
I wanted to share with you some fishing industry groups, scientists, chefs, related businesses, and conservation groups that oppose H.R. 200, the “Empty Oceans Act.”
Please join me in opposing H.R. 200.
Raúl M. Grijalva
House Committee on Natural Resources
An additional 54 letters of opposition from a variety of stakeholders may be found
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