National Fisherman


U.S. commercial fishing group Seafood Harvesters of America on Monday urged members of Congress to "do no harm" to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which is up for reauthorization.

Organization President Chris Brown, a commercial fisherman in Rhode Island, says fishing allocations should be based on the best available science, not "arbitrary deadlines."

Here is the statement in full:

With another week to go until members of Congress return to Washington, the Harvesters are speaking out about proposed changes to the law that governs America's commercial fisheries. While the second draft re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, put out by Senator Mark Begich and Senator Marco Rubio, addressed some of our concerns, our greatest concern remains: reallocation mandates setting a dangerous precedent for coastal communities across the country.

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