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  • ICYMI: Partisanship Shouldn’t Undermine Our Fisheries
    In Case You Missed It
    Jul 10, 2018 -
    By U.S. Rep. Don Young The Hill Partisan rancor may be standard operating procedure for most of Washington, but let’s not allow it to unravel the progress we’ve made for our country’s vital fisheries. As my colleagues and my state know, I’ve been on the frontlines for the fight for our fisheries for over 40 years - and... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect Endangered Fish Species in Pacific Northwest
    Press Release
    Jun 26, 2018 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, with a bipartisan vote of 288 Members, including 68 Democrats. Introduced by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), this bipartisan bill provides states and tribes the necessary tools to humanely mana... More
  • Committee Hears from Stakeholders on Importance of a Healthy Ocean Economy
    Press Release
    Jun 6, 2018 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans staff held a roundtable with representatives from ocean-dependent communities to discuss opportunities for regulatory reform that will provide certainty for working waterfronts and promote vibrant and susta... More
  • Committee Seeks Answers on NRDC's Relationship with Chinese Entities
    Letters
    Jun 5, 2018 -
    TO: Ms. Rhea Suh FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop, Bruce Westerman When engaging on environmental issues concerning China, the NRDC appears to practice self-censorship, issue selection bias, and generally refrains from criticizing Chinese officials. For instance, a widely reported 2016 study by Greenpeace concluded that China... More
  • Curtis Bill to Promote Water Certainty, Fish Recovery in Western States Passes House
    Press Release
    Mar 13, 2018 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4465, the “Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017” (Rep. John Curtis, R-UT), legislation to achieve the dual goals of recovering endangered fish populations in the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins while continuing to meet regional water and power development needs. ... More
  • Committee Calls for Improved Science, Local Flexibility and Regulatory Certainty in Magnuson-Stevens
    Press Release
    Jul 19, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing examining the successes and needed updates to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). Passed in 1976, MSA is the primary law governing fisheries in federal waters. The law requires federal fishery managers to impose an annual catch limit on both commercial and r... More
  • Hearing Focuses on Bills to Protect Endangered Salmon, Empower Local Management on Federal Water Projects
    Press Release
    Jun 8, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on two bills to lessen the costs of federal water and power infrastructure to American ratepayers. H.R. 2083 (Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, R-WA), the bipartisan supported “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act,” allows state... More
  • President Signs "Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act"
    Press Release
    Dec 19, 2016 -
    On Friday, the President signed H.R. 6452 into law. The “Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act” implements the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacif... More
  • Fishermen Need More Flexibility than NOAA Doles Out
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2016 -
    Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a new rule that will provide regional fishery management councils with more flexibility in catch limits. The rule is aligned with a provision in the Committee’s H.R. 1335 (Rep. Don Young, R-AK), the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and In... More
  • Obama will Leave His Legacy at the Expense of Fishermen
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Sep 14, 2016 -
    OP-ED: Obama will Leave His Legacy at the Expense of Fishermen The Hill Chairman Rob Bishop When President Obama quadrupled the size of a marine national monument off the coast of Hawaii last month, he made history. At 583,000-square-miles, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is twice the size of Texas and ... More
  • House Advances Radewagen Bill to Protect Domestic Seafood Interests
    Press Release
    Sep 12, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Amata Radewagen’s (R-American Samoa, At-large) H.R. 4576, Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act, by voice vote. The bill implements U.S. participation in two international fishery treaties that the U.S. helped negotiate, the Convention on the Conservation and Mana... More
  • Congressional Committees Announce Joint Oversight Hearing on Restricted Access at Biscayne National Park
    Press Release
    Jul 22, 2015 -
    On Monday, August 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Small Business Committee will hold a joint full committee field hearing titled “Restricted Access at Biscayne National Park and Implications for Fishermen, Small Businesses, the Local Economy and Environment.” Committe... More
  • Obama Admin. Agrees to Extend Comment Period On Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Critical Habitat Proposal
    Press Release
    Oct 15, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it would extend the public comment period an additional 60 days for the proposed critical habitat designation of the western yellow-billed cuckoo. The Service’s ... More
  • Representatives from 11 States Call for Extended Comment Period in Yellow-Billed Cuckoo ESA Listing & Habitat Rules
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) along with 17 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, urging the Service to extend the comment period for the proposed critical habitat designation of the western yellow-billed cuckoo. This propose... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Statement on Markup of Magnuson-Stevens Legislation (H.R. 4742)
    Press Release
    May 29, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement (as prepared) at today’s Full Committee Markup of H.R. 4742, “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” “The Committee will now be considering HR 4742, the Strengthe... More
  • Chairman Hastings Delivers Speech on the Magnuson-Stevens Act
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 24, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the University of Washington, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Symposium on the Magnuson-Stevens Act: “Thank you for having me here today to discuss the Magnuson-Stevens Act and our current efforts in Congress t... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Public Input on Draft Plan to Strengthen and Improve our Nation’s Fisheries
    Press Release
    Dec 19, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today unveiled a draft proposal to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which was last authorized by Congress in 2006 through fiscal year 2013. The draft proposal, H.R. ____ Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increas... More
  • Chairman Hastings Looks Ahead to 2014
    Press Release
    Dec 12, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement at today’s Full Committee hearing previewing several activities and focuses for next year: “Before proceeding with today’s hearing, there are several general announcements that I would like to make regarding Committee busi... More
  • Committee Passes Legislation to Help Protect Endangered Salmon Survival in the Pacific Northwest
    Press Release
    Nov 14, 2013 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1308 the “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act” by a vote of 22-16. This legislation is aimed at protecting endangered Columbia River salmon and other fish species from predation by California and Steller Sea Lions. The bill only addresses ... More
  • ICYMI: A look into Magnuson-Stevens with On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
    Blog
    Sep 16, 2013 -
    Last week, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren took a look at Northeastern fishermen whose businesses have been affected by the Magnuson-Stevens Act. On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources held a hearing on the "Re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act" where witnesses calle... More
  • Witnesses Call for Increased Flexibility in the Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act
    Press Release
    Sep 11, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held its fourth oversight hearing of the 113th Congress on the “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.” This hearing examined potential reforms needed to make sure the law benefits both fish and fishermen. The Magnuson-Stevens Fisher... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Aug 2, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “Report: Wildlife agency ignored whistle-blowers” Tri-City Herald – Geoff Folsom: “Franklin County farmer testifies in Washington, D.C., to protect bladderpod” Capital Press – Tim Hearden: “Hastings bill aims to improve forest management, pre... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Transparency on Report of Scientific Integrity Violations at Fish & Wildlife Service
    Press Release
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe seeking additional information following the Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Management Advisory, issued on July 11, 2013, regarding the FWS’s inac... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe Seeking Additional Information on Report of Scientific Integrity Violations
    Letters
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    Dear Director Ashe: The Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General ("OIG") recently issued a Management Advisory regarding the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's ("Service") inaction on certain whistleblower complaints related to violations of the scientific integrity policy. Concerns have been raised that the ... More
  • E&E Daily: Subcommittee wrangles bills on 'escape artist' snakes, polar bears, Asian carp
    In Case You Missed It
    Jul 26, 2013 -
    A House Natural Resources subcommittee heard testimony yesterday on four bills on a variety of wildlife species -- one to lift restrictions on polar bear trophies, another to allow the export of certain protected snakes and two to combat an invasion of Asian carp. The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Ins... More
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