Legislative: WOW Legislative Hearing

Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324 Presiding: The Hon. Jared Huffman

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife (WOW) will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 417 (Rep. Darren Soto), To amend title 18, United States Code, to establish measures to combat invasive lionfish, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1023 (Rep. Mike Quigley), To authorize the Director of the United States Geological Survey to conduct monitoring, assessment, science, and research, in support of the binational fisheries within the Great Lakes Basin, and for other purposes, “Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 1218 (Rep. Don Young), To establish the American Fisheries Advisory Committee to assist in the awarding of fisheries research and development grants, and for other purposes, “American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act.”
  • H.R. 1240 (Rep. Don Young), To preserve United States fishing heritage through a national program dedicated to training and assisting the next generation of commercial fishermen, “Young Fishermen’s Development Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 1314 (Rep. Don Young), To reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, and for other purposes, “Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act Amendments of 2019.”
  • H.R. 1979 (Rep. Ted Lieu), To improve the management of driftnet fishing, “Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act.”
  • H.R. 2189 (Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger), To require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region, and for other purposes, “Digital Coast Act.” 
  • H.R. 2405 (Rep. Jared Huffman), To reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes, “National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 2406 (Rep. Ed Case), To reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, and for other purposes, “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act of 2019.”

Panel I: Administration Witness

RDML Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret. (All bills except H.R. 1023) (testimony)

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Deputy NOAA Administrator

Washington, D.C.


Panel II

Dr. Seth Moore (H.R. 1023) (testimony)

Director of Biology and Environment

Grand Portage Band of Chippewa

Grand Portage, MN


Ms. Molly McCammon (H.R. 1314 and H.R. 2405) (testimony)

Executive Director

Alaska Ocean Observing System

Anchorage, AK

Mr. Bill Shedd (H.R. 1979) (testimony)

President, American Fishing Tackle Company

Testifying on behalf of:

American Sportfishing Association,

Coastal Conservation Association, and

International Game Fish Association

Santa Ana, CA


Mr. Gary Burke (H.R. 1979) (testimony)

Board of Directors

Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA


Ms. Sarah Newkirk (H.R. 2189) (testimony)

Director of Disaster Resilience

The Nature Conservancy

Santa Cruz, CA


Dr. Zachary L. Penney (H.R. 2405) (testimony)

Fishery Science Department Manager

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Portland, OR


Mr. Steve Ellis (H.R. 2406) (testimony)

Vice President

Taxpayers for Common Sense

Washington, D.C.