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Oversight Hearing on "Data collection issues in relation to the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act"
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:30 AM
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515


Oversight Hearing on:

  • "Data collection issues in relation to the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act"

Member Statements:

The Honorable John Fleming
Chairman

Archived Video Webcast:

Witnesses and Testimony:

PANEL I

Dr. Richard Merrick
Chief Science Advisor
National Marine Fisheries Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Randy Fisher
Executive Director
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Robert Beal
Executive Director
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
(Truth in Testimony Form)

David Donaldson
Interim Executive Director
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
(Truth in Testimony Form)

PANEL II

Linda Behnken
Executive Director
Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Christopher Bonzek
Fishery Data Analyst
NorthEast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (NEAMAP)
Department of Fisheries Science
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
College of William and Mary
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Dr. F. Jay Breidt
Professor of Statistics and Associate Chair
Department of Statistics
Colorado State University and
Member of the National Research Council’s
“Committee on the Review of Recreational Fisheries Survey Methods”
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Christopher Horton
Midwestern States Director
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and
Member of Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee’s
Recreational Fisheries Working Group
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Dr. Kevin Stokesbury
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Fisheries Oceanography
School for Marine Science and Technology
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Captain Mike Colby
President
Double Hook Charters
Clearwater, Florida
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Background:

The oversight hearing will focus on data collection issues in relation to the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Act is the primary law governing fisheries resources and fishing activities in Federal waters which are defined as those waters extending from the edge of State waters to the 200-mile limit. The Act was first enacted in 1976. There have been two major reauthorizations of the Act - in 1996 and in 2006/2007. The most recent reauthorization passed Congress at the end of the 109th Congress and was signed by President Bush on January 12, 2007. Appropriations for the Magnuson-Stevens Act are authorized through FY 2013.

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