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Congressmen Initiate Bipartisan Effort in Support of Revising Federal Fishing Law: Letter

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CONGRESSMEN INITIATE BIPARTISAN EFFORT IN SUPPORT OF REVISING FEDERAL FISHING LAW: LETTER

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The Honorable Wayne Gilchrest
Chairman
Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans
H2 - 188 Ford Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

We are writing to express our strong support for the House Committee on Resources making the reauthorization, with appropriate amendments, of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act a priority in 2004.

As House Members from New England we are acutely aware of the challenges that our region of the country faces as we move towards the implementation of Amendment 13 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. While we may have some differences of opinion as to the ideal approach to managing New England's fisheries, we are united in our belief that in order to ensure our fisheries are managed in an effective, balanced manner, it is essential that the Magnuson Act be updated in a timely fashion. The New England fishing industry employs thousands of people in our districts, and these hard-working men and women deserve to know with certainty the future of their business.

Environmental stewardship and economic preservation are not separate issues, but rather are linked on this matter. The cooperation between regulators and industry is a key component of the successful management of our region's fisheries. The condition of the fisheries has a direct effect on the viability of the fishing industry and our states' economies. We firmly believe that it will be extremely difficult to achieve the two goals of preserving the region's fishing industry and its fish stocks unless Congress has the opportunity to fully debate and enact a reauthorization bill.

We are encouraged to know that you have also indicated an interest in taking action on Magnuson reauthorization legislation this year. We strongly support that plan, and we look forward to working closely with you on that effort with the hope that a meaningful reauthorization bill can be passed this year.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to your response.

______________________ ________________________
Rep. Barney Frank Rep. Jeb Bradley

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