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DaveDave Posts: 149 Officer
COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Thursday, December 1, 2011
10:00 a.m.

http://naturalresources.house.gov/Live/

LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON:
•H.R. 594 (Pallone), To promote jobs creation, promote sustainable fisheries and fishing communities, revitalize waterfronts, and for other purposes. "Coastal Jobs Creation Act of 2011"
•H.R. 1013 (Keating), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide the New England Fishery Management Council additional resources to address research and monitoring priorities established by the Council. "Strengthen Fisheries Management in New England Act of 2011"
•H.R. 1646 (Runyan), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to preserve jobs and coastal communities through transparency and accountability in fishery management, and for other purposes. "American Angler Preservation Act"
•H.R. 2304 (Wittman), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 to provide the necessary scientific information to properly implement annual catch limits, and for other purposes. "Fishery Science Improvement Act of 2011"
•H.R. 2610 (Frank), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to reform procedures for the payment of funds from the asset forfeiture fund, and for other purposes. "Asset Forfeiture Fund Reform and Distribution Act of 2011"
•H.R. 2753 (Jones), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide Internet access to Regional Fishery Management Council meetings and meeting records, and for other purposes. "Fishery Management Transparency and Accountability Act"
•H.R. 2772 (Runyan), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to permit eligible fishermen to approve certain limited access privilege programs, and for other purposes. "Saving Fishing Jobs Act of 2011"
•H.R. 3061 (Pallone), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to extend the authorized time period for rebuilding of certain overfished fisheries, and for other purposes. "Flexibility and Access in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2011"

OPENING STATEMENT:

The Honorable Doc Hastings
Chairman

WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:

Panel I

The Honorable Barney Frank, MA-04 (H.R. 2610)
Member of Congress

The Honorable Frank Pallone, NJ-06 (H.R. 594, H.R. 3061)
Member of Congress

The Honorable Walter Jones, NC-03 (H.R. 2753)
Member of Congress

The Honorable Rob Wittman, VA-01 (H.R. 2034)
Member of Congress

The Honorable Jon Runyan, NJ-03 (H.R. 1646, H.R. 2772)
Member of Congress

The Honorable William Keating, MA-10 (H.R. 1013)
Member of Congress

Panel II

Rick Marks
Principal
Hoffman Silver Gilman & Blasco

Captain Robert Zales
President
National Association of Charterboat Operators

Chris Oliver
Executive Director
North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Mike Colby
Double Hook Charter Boat
Clearwater, Florida

Peter Shelley
Senior Counsel
Conservation Law Foundation

Robert G. Hayes
Recreational Fishing Representative

Panel III

Eric Schwaab
Assistant Administrator
National Marine Fisheries Service

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  • It's a start I guess.
    THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL FISHING ALLOWED FOR ANY SPECIES THAT IS CONSIDERED OVERFISHED.
  • Ol MuckyOl Mucky Posts: 5,603 Admiral
    Is that recreational "representative" the CCA guy?
    I have a much bigger and more powerful button
  • Mango ManMango Man Posts: 13,233 AG
    Dave wrote: »
    COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES
    1324 Longworth House Office Building
    Thursday, December 1, 2011
    10:00 a.m.

    http://naturalresources.house.gov/Live/

    LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON:
    •H.R. 594 (Pallone), To promote jobs creation, promote sustainable fisheries and fishing communities, revitalize waterfronts, and for other purposes. "Coastal Jobs Creation Act of 2011"
    •H.R. 1013 (Keating), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide the New England Fishery Management Council additional resources to address research and monitoring priorities established by the Council. "Strengthen Fisheries Management in New England Act of 2011"
    •H.R. 1646 (Runyan), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to preserve jobs and coastal communities through transparency and accountability in fishery management, and for other purposes. "American Angler Preservation Act"
    •H.R. 2304 (Wittman), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 to provide the necessary scientific information to properly implement annual catch limits, and for other purposes. "Fishery Science Improvement Act of 2011"
    •H.R. 2610 (Frank), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to reform procedures for the payment of funds from the asset forfeiture fund, and for other purposes. "Asset Forfeiture Fund Reform and Distribution Act of 2011"
    •H.R. 2753 (Jones), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide Internet access to Regional Fishery Management Council meetings and meeting records, and for other purposes. "Fishery Management Transparency and Accountability Act"
    •H.R. 2772 (Runyan), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to permit eligible fishermen to approve certain limited access privilege programs, and for other purposes. "Saving Fishing Jobs Act of 2011"
    •H.R. 3061 (Pallone), To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to extend the authorized time period for rebuilding of certain overfished fisheries, and for other purposes. "Flexibility and Access in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2011"

    OPENING STATEMENT:

    The Honorable Doc Hastings
    Chairman

    WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:

    Panel I

    The Honorable Barney Frank, MA-04 (H.R. 2610)
    Member of Congress

    The Honorable Frank Pallone, NJ-06 (H.R. 594, H.R. 3061)
    Member of Congress

    The Honorable Walter Jones, NC-03 (H.R. 2753)
    Member of Congress

    The Honorable Rob Wittman, VA-01 (H.R. 2034)
    Member of Congress

    The Honorable Jon Runyan, NJ-03 (H.R. 1646, H.R. 2772)
    Member of Congress

    The Honorable William Keating, MA-10 (H.R. 1013)
    Member of Congress

    Panel II

    Rick Marks
    Principal
    Hoffman Silver Gilman & Blasco

    Captain Robert Zales
    President
    National Association of Charterboat Operators

    Chris Oliver
    Executive Director
    North Pacific Fishery Management Council

    Mike Colby
    Double Hook Charter Boat
    Clearwater, Florida

    Peter Shelley
    Senior Counsel
    Conservation Law Foundation

    Robert G. Hayes
    Recreational Fishing Representative

    Panel III

    Eric Schwaab
    Assistant Administrator
    National Marine Fisheries Service
    :huh :shrug


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  • FV Miss MaryFV Miss Mary Posts: 497 Officer
    Eric Schwaab.

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  • MadScientistMadScientist Posts: 3,402 Captain
    H.R. 2304 "Fishery Science Improvement Act"

    While I agree with the basic idea, that more money should go into stock assessment and data collection, and less money should go into forcing catch shares on fisheries, there is a real problem with the wording of this now.

    It says something to the effect that if a fishery has not had a stock assessment in 5 years, then there cannot be annual catch limits set for that fishery. The problem here is if funding is cut for stock assessments, you could have a free for all in five years, and I don't think anyone wants that.
  • Ol Mucky wrote: »
    Is that recreational "representative" the CCA guy?

    Yeah.

    Federal fisheries legislation in the spotlight

    WASHINGTON, DC – CCA General Counsel Robert G. Hayes, one of the most respected voices on state, federal and international fisheries management issues, testified this morning at a hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources on a number of bills that propose to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the federal legislation that regulates the nation’s fisheries.

    In testimony that was described by Rep. Tom McClintock (D-Ca.) as some of the most sensible he’s heard in three years on the Committee, Hayes focused on the Fisheries Science Improvement Act (H.R. 2304/S. 1916) and highlighted three overarching issues of concern with regard to federal fisheries management: 1) the importance of marine recreational fishing; 2) the negative consequences of adopting quotas by sector for every stock of fish under management without standardized assessments to support those decisions, and 3) the urgency of acting now.

    “The one-size-fits-all amendments adopted in the 2006 reauthorization of Magnuson undermine the discretion of Councils, which must manage to the species, fishermen and management systems available to them,” Hayes said. “What happened in 2006 was an over-reaching of control that has deprived many of the Councils of the discretion they need to tailor measures appropriate to the science and the management capability they have, not what they would like to have. The implementation of the 2006 Magnuson Stevens Act Amendment has gone to a level never imagined by recreational fishermen.”

    The Committee hearing was desgined to gather information on the Coastal Jobs Creation Act of 2011 (H.R. 594); Strengthen Fisheries Management in New England Act of 2011 (H.R. 1013); American Angler Preservation Act (H.R. 1646); Fishery Science Improvement Act of 2011 (H.R. 2304); Asset Forfeiture Fund Reform and Distribution Act of 2011 (H.R. 2610); Fishery Management Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 2753); Saving Fishing Jobs Act of 2011 (H.R. 2772); Flexibility and Access in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2011 (H.R. 3061).
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