Representative Steve Southerland, II issued the following statement today upon the conclusion of the House Natural Resources Committee field hearing on fisheries issues in Panama City:
"I am pleased that today's field hearing provided an opportunity for our fishermen to have their voices heard by their government. As an avid angler myself, I share serious concerns about a Magnuson-Stevens law that is broken. For the sake of our fishermen, as well as the operators of marinas, hotels, restaurants, and small businesses who rely on their continued success, Congress must commit to making the law more workable and responsive to the needs of our coastal communities. The federal government should have no role in picking winners and losers in hopes of locking up our fisheries with overregulation, free of congressional oversight and public opinion."
Southerland was joined by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and fishermen from across the Gulf Coast for the field hearing at FSU-Panama City's Holley Center.