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Supporting Goals of National Marina Day

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SUPPORTING GOALS OF NATIONAL MARINA DAY -- (House of Representatives - July 21, 2004)

Mr. LaTOURETTE. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution (H. Res. 647) supporting the goals of National Marina Day and urging marinas to continue providing environmentally friendly gateways to boating.

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Mr. FILNER. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I, too, rise in support of H. Res. 647, designating August 14 as National Marina Day. Like many Members of this House, I have a marina in my district. I am joined with all those who, over the United States, have 12,000 of them.

These marinas, of course, provide a home to millions of boats and provide millions of Americans with access to the ocean, bays, rivers, and lakes in the United States; and as we heard, they also provide jobs for over 140,000 of us.

When we are in our districts next month, we will likely see our constituents relaxing on the water because they have access to that water through the marina.

These marinas will be celebrating National Marina Day with boating safety demonstrations, environmental demonstrations, fishing rodeos, and marina open houses. What is a fishing rodeo? I wrote it, but I just do not know what I mean.

In a time of heightened security, marina owners across the Nation are working with the Coast Guard to help improve security on our waterways by keeping an eye out for aggressive tactics and unusual activities on the water. They are on the water everyday and know when something appears unusual, and they will call the Coast Guard.

So, Mr. Speaker, it is entirely fitting and appropriate for the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the contributions that marinas make to maritime safety, our national economy, our national enjoyment.

I urge my colleagues to support H. Res. 647, designating August 14 as National Marina Day.

Mr. OBERSTAR. Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?

Mr. FILNER. I yield to the gentleman from Minnesota.

Mr. OBERSTAR. Mr. Speaker, the gentleman was inquiring about a fishing rodeo. That is catch-and-release fishery. You cast out and catch fish and weigh them.

Mr. FILNER. It is not riding them?

Mr. OBERSTAR. Then you throw them back into the water, not throw them but you put them gently back into the water. You kiss the fish when you put it back in.

Mr. FILNER. I thank the gentleman. I am glad I yielded to him.

Mr. OBERSTAR. The gentleman from Ohio understands what is kissing the fish and putting it back in, especially in Lake Erie.

Mr. LaTOURETTE. Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?

Mr. FILNER. I yield to the gentleman from Ohio.

Mr. LaTOURETTE. Mr. Speaker, in Ohio we always had trouble finding the little saddles necessary to accommodate
the fish rodeos. They are very popular in Ohio as well.

Mr. FILNER. Do I have to wear stirrups or whatever?

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. FILNER. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

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