Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Oversight Hearing on "Empty Hooks: The National Ocean Policy is the Latest Threat to Access for Recreational and Commercial Fishermen"
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
SUBCOMMITTEE ON FISHERIES, WILDLIFE, OCEANS AND INSULAR AFFAIRS
OVERSIGHT HEARING ON:
The Honorable John Fleming
WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:
Established by Executive Order 13547, the President's National Ocean Policy creates a new, top-down bureaucracy that could restrict access for the fishing industry, increase industry overregulation and create conflicts in fishery management. Access for recreational and commercial fisheries is already being limited. The National Ocean Policy will further restrict access by calling for closed areas or limiting activities. The absence of stakeholder involvement in the development of the National Ocean Policy and subsequent Implementation Plan has created uproar throughout the fishing industry. Members will hear from representatives of the charter, commercial and recreational fishing industries on the implications of President Obama’s National Ocean Policy.
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