On Wednesday October 26th, the Natural Resources Committee, of which Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ) is a member, held an oversight hearing titled, "The President's New National Ocean Policy -- A Plan for Further Restrictions on Ocean, Coastal and Inland Activities -- Part 2." One of the witnesses, Jim Donofrio, is the Executive Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance which is based in New Gretna, New Jersey.
"I applaud the Natural Resources Committee for continuing its oversight responsibilities on the National Ocean Policy," stated Rep. Runyan. "This executive order has the potential to put into place policies that could negatively impact small businesses throughout the state and specifically the state's commercial and recreational fishing industry. We must work to keep New Jersey's beaches and waterways clean, but we need to do it in a manner that will not impose unnecessary burdens on the small businesses that rely upon these natural resources."
The hearing had two panels of witnesses, ranging from government employees who will be responsible for implementing President Obama's Executive Order to industry representatives who could be affected by this order. The second panel included Jim Donofrio, a Little Egg Harbor resident, who is the executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA). The RFA is an organization that represents recreational fishermen and the recreational fishing industry.
"I was very interested in hearing from Mr. Donofrio regarding his organization's opinion on this policy," said Congressman Runyan. "The commercial and recreational fishing industries play a vital role in New Jersey's economy. And I want to be sure that the federal government is working to help small businesses grow and not stifling their growth."