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Grijalva and Pingree Letter to Commerce and Justice Departments on 'Codfather'

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General Jeff Sessions, urging them to penalize Carlos Rafael - the notorious 'Codfather' of New Bedford, Mass. - for violations of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).… Continue Reading


Seafood Distributors Strongly Oppose Weakening the Magnuson-Stevens Act

The Mid-Atlantic recreational anglers, charter-for-hire business owners, commercial fishermen, andseafood distributors sent a letter to the Committee strongly opposing weakening the Magnuson-Stevens Act.… Continue Reading


Grijalva Letter to Gustafson on Carlos Rafael Prosecution Sept. 21 2017


Grijalva Letter to Ross and Sessions on Carlos Rafael Prosecution Sept. 21 2017


Letter to Secretary Zinke on DOI Order to Steamroll National Environmental Policy Act

On August 31, 2017, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued an Order to steamroll National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation and review processes. Calling NEPA analyses "needlessly complex," the Order issued arbitrary page number limitations and time limits for NEPA documentation, namely environmental impact statements. The page limits were not met routinely during the last two administrations, mostly to avoid lawsuits because the NEPA analyses were inade… Continue Reading


Letter to Secretary Ross on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments

More than 60 House Democrats sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to express their strong support for the 11 national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments under review as part of Executive Order 13795, "Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy."… Continue Reading


Restaurant Industry Shows Support For a Strong Fisheries Management System

Nearly 300 chefs, restauranteurs and seafood suppliers from 24 states signed onto a letter, stating their unequivocal support for a strong fisheries management system that addresses 21st-century challenges.… Continue Reading


Grijalva, Whitehouse Letter to Trump on NOAA's Appointment of Ken Haapala

Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a letter to President Donald Trump today, urging him to remove a notorious climate change denier from his landing team at the Department of Commerce (DOC), which includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).… Continue Reading


Dec. 12 Letter to NOAA and Coast Guard on Human Trafficking

A letter from Ranking Member Grijalva and Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and John Garamendi (D-Calif.) to the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the need to crack down on human trafficking in the Hawaiian fishing industry.… Continue Reading


Request to Bishop and Fleming for Hearing on NOAA Climate Plan Oct. 7


Huffman Letter on Threat of Ocean Acidification


Huffman Requests Hearing on the Rising Sea Levels

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