Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after signing a letter authored by Congressman Steve Southerland (R-FL) prohibiting funding for new catch share programs in the Gulf of Mexico until the House Committee on Natural Resources reauthorizes the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act:
"The water off of South Louisiana has numerous species and vibrant and bountiful stocks. This resource provides a significant contribution to our state and must be carefully managed to its fullest capabilities. As Congress continues to work through the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) covering our nation's marine fisheries, the voices of those most affected deserve to have their concerns fully addressed.
"I have signed a letter to senior House Appropriations Committee members requesting that no money be provided for new catch share programs in the Gulf of Mexico until the fisheries law is rewritten. Government bureaucrats must be reigned in to prevent them from creating programs and criteria that improperly manage this valuable resource. I am committed to working with those who enjoy and use this resource to ensure it is available for generations to come."