Hearing: Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, will convene the hearing titled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: NOAA and Council Perspectives” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. This hearing is the first in a series to examine the state of our nation’s fishery laws and guide the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Witnesses: – Mr. Christopher Oliver, Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, – Dr. John Quinn, Chair, Council Coordination Committee and Northeast Fishery Management Council Hearing Details: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 10:00 a.m. Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov. link 09:20

  • DickyG

    Sen. Booker has to stop reading so much Pew, EDF, Oceana propaganda! “shark finning”, “forage fish”, etc.,etc.
    Talk to some fishermen Senator!

  • DickyG

    Listened to the morning session, (arrghh). maybe the afternoon session will be better (?) Anyway, I have some comments about the morning session:

    Sen. Blumenthal seems to be trying, but he thinks the problem for CT and New England fishermen is that we don’t have the same Fluke quota as the Southern States (VA, NC, etc.) which is of course true, we certainly don’t, but the management malfunction is far more extensive than that. Wish to hell these sophisticated people would take the time to acquire some substantial fishery information and stop playing these BS games— acting like they know something by reading the (Pew) Boston Globe or NY Times! Dick Blumenthal has been down to the docks, but he still advocated for the Marine Sanctuaries off of Georges and has a rather mono chromatic view of our fisheries dilemma.

    NJ Sen. Booker, please stop citing so much Pew, EDF, and Oceana propaganda: “10% of TAC is “wasted” due to “fishing methods”, “shark finning”, “forage fish”, etc., etc. Talk to some fishermen Senator! And please read some unbiased science from Ray Hilborn, et al, on University of Washington’s site (cfooduw.com) and (http://cfooduw.org/myths/all-fish-stocks-will-be-collapsed/)

    Dr. Quinn and Mr. Oliver (better visit some Northeast ports, Sir, in order to supplement your “West Coast experience”), “In New England” Catch Shares are in violation of several MSA statutes and are Total BS! The answers, gentlemen, do not lie in “better catch shares design”, or more Aquaculture and electronic monitoring!

    Along with the much needed and way overdue “flexibility in rebuilding timelines”, try reauthorizing some integrity and clarity of purpose and a bit of intelligence into your “fisheries management toolbox”, and oh yes, one more suggestion preliminary to those… get the NGO lawyers, the wind gas and oil company shills, the hell out of the process, entirely!

  • DickyG

    Listened to the morning session, (arrghh). maybe the afternoon session will be better (?) Anyway, I have some comments about the morning session:

    Sen. Blumenthal seems to be trying, but thinks the problem for CT and New England fishermen is that we don’t have the same Fluke quota as the Southern States (VA, NC, etc.) which is of course true, we certainly don’t, but the management malfunction is far more extensive than that. Wish to hell these sophisticated people would take the time to acquire some substantial fishery information and stop playing these BS games— acting like they know something by reading the (Pew) Boston Globe or NY Times! Dick Blumenthal has been down to the docks, but he still advocated for the Marine Sanctuaries off of Georges and has a rather mono chromatic view of our fisheries dilemma.

    Also Sen. Booker (NJ), please stop citing so much Pew, EDF, and Oceana propaganda: “10% of TAC is “wasted discards” due to “fishing methods”, “shark finning”, “forage fish”, etc., etc. Talk to some fishermen Senator! And please read some unbiased science from Ray Hilborn, et al, on University of Washington’s site cfooduw.com
    http://cfooduw.org/myths/all-fish-stocks-will-be-collapsed/ http://cfooduw.org/wasted-fish-what-to-make-of-recent-data-showing-10-of-fish-are-discarded-at-sea/

    “In New England”, Dr. Quinn and Mr. Oliver (better visit some Northeast ports, Sir, in order to supplement your “West Coast experience”), Catch Shares are in violation of several MSA statutes and are Total BS! The answers, gentlemen, do not lie in “better catch shares design”, or more Aquaculture and electronic monitoring!

    Along with the much needed and way overdue “flexibility in rebuilding timelines”, try reauthorizing some integrity and clarity of purpose and a bit of intelligence into your “fisheries management toolbox”, and oh yes, one more suggestion preliminary to those… get the NGO lawyers, the wind gas and oil company shills, the hell out of the process, entirely!

  • DickyG

    Listened to the morning session, (arrghh). Maybe the next session on Aug. 23rd will be better (?) Anyway, I have some comments about this session:

    Sen. Blumenthal seems to be trying, but thinks the problem for CT and New England fishermen is that we don’t have the same Fluke quota as the Southern States (VA, NC, etc.) which is of course true, we certainly don’t, but the management malfunction is far more extensive than that. You can have all the percentage of state landing quota you want, but if the Feds keep reducing the overall total catch for the entire East Coast every year, it simply doesn’t matter!

    Wish to hell these sophisticated people would take the time to acquire some substantial fishery information and stop playing these BS games— acting like they know something by reading the (Pew) Boston Globe or NY Times! Dick Blumenthal has been down to the docks, but he still advocated for the Marine Sanctuaries off of Georges and has a rather mono chromatic view of our fisheries dilemma.

    Also Sen. Booker (NJ), please stop citing so much Pew, EDF, and Oceana propaganda: such as 10% of TAC is “wasted discards” due to “fishing methods”, “shark finning”, “forage fish”, etc., etc. Talk to some fishermen Senator! And please read some unbiased science from Ray Hilborn, et al, on University of Washington’s site cfooduw.com
    http://cfooduw.org/myths/all-fish-stocks-will-be-collapsed/ http://cfooduw.org/wasted-fish-what-to-make-of-recent-data-showing-10-of-fish-are-discarded-at-sea/

    Dr. Quinn and Mr. Oliver (better visit some Northeast ports, Sir, in order to supplement your “West Coast experience”), In New England, the implementation of Catch Shares is in violation of several MSA statutes and are Total BS! The answers, gentlemen, do not lie in “better catch shares design”, or more Aquaculture and electronic monitoring!

    Along with the much needed and way overdue “flexibility in rebuilding timelines”, try reauthorizing some integrity and clarity of purpose and a bit of intelligence into your “fisheries management toolbox”, and oh yes, one more suggestion preliminary to those… get the NGO lawyers, the wind gas and oil company shills, the hell out of the process, entirely!