Witnesses at House committee hearing applaud Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization draft
NEWS-- February 5, 2014 --Yesterday the House Natural Resources Committee held a Full Committee legislative hearing on draft legislation titled "Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act."
This hearing examined draft legislation, released by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) in December of 2013, that would renew and amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 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.
"This draft addresses the requests of fishermen, fishing communities, fishery management Councils, and the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences that the Act be modified to provide fishery managers with more flexibility. That's the key word: flexibility," said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings
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