Sending Office: Young (AK), Don
Sent By:
Martha.Newell@mail.house.gov

Vote YES On H.R. 200

Cosponsors: Garret Graves, Brian Babin, Clay Higgs, Gene Green, Robert Wittman, Lee Zeldin, Glenn Grothman, Steve King, Jeff Duncan, Austin Scott, Marc Veasey

Dear Colleague,

The Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) has enabled the U.S. to have the best managed fisheries in the world and has been instrumental in providing a framework for allowing regions to address their own unique challenges.  Yet, many fishermen and coastal communities
that depend on healthy fisheries are currently facing challenges – including sudden severe cuts to quotas, rising costs, and restrictive fishing seasons. 

Vote YES on legislation which will be considered on the House Floor this Wednesday, July 11th to update and reauthorize MSA: H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.

H.R. 200 tailors federal fishery management actions to give Regional Fishery Management Councils the proper tools and flexibility to manage their fisheries effectively. The bill specifically:

  • Affords flexibility by allowing Councils to base fishery stock rebuilding timeframes on science rather than the one-size-fits-all approach;
  • Increases transparency in science and management by allowing the public to play a greater role in the development of science and Fishery Management Plans;
  • Gives stakeholders a voice in the management process and requires the Secretary of Commerce to develop a plan for implementing cooperative research with fishermen and outside groups; and
  • Seeks to further improve the science and data on which Councils base their management, including key provisions relating to the collection of data from the recreational saltwater fishing industry. 

Strengthening and improving the Magnuson-Stevens Act is necessary to protect American jobs and local economies.  The U.S. seafood industry supports approximately 1.3 million full and part-time jobs in the U.S. and commercial and recreational fishing adds
tens of billions of dollars to our economy.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act was last authorized through 2013. It is past time for this critical legislation to be reauthorized and modified to allow Councils the flexibility they need to accurately and efficiently control fish stocks. H.R. 200 would renew and
amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act to implement common sense reforms that will promote increased flexibility and transparency, improve data collection, create jobs, and give predictability and certainty to the coastal communities that depend on stable fishing
activities.  

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Martha Newell (martha.newell@mail.house.gov; x5-5765).

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