“Proposed changes would gut Magnuson-Stevens Act’s conservation measures, risking the fish populations that sustain fishermen and coastal communities.”
Julia Roberson, Ocean Conservancy
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May 29, 2014
Statement from Ellen Bolen, Director of Fishery Conservation, on the House Natural Resources Committee Markup of H.R. 4742:
Washington, DC – “This Empty Oceans Act is a step back for America’s fisheries, fishermen and coastal communities. The Magnuson-Stevens Act’s strong conservation provisions are being targeted, but this is exactly the wrong approach; these measures are working on the water to rebuild and increase fish populations, and improve coastal communities.
Instead of gutting these safeguards, we should be strengthening the Magnuson-Stevens Act to support healthy, productive fisheries and fishing communities.”
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