Even as members of the U.S. House began debate on changes to the act that regulates the nation's fisheries, the Obama administration indicated that the president would be advised to veto the revised legislation.

Known as the "Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act," HB 1335 would maintain the successful aspects of fisheries management under the Magnuson-Stevens Act while providing much-needed flexibility and economic relief to fishing communities, according to supporters.

Magnuson-Stevens sets standards under which the nation's fisheries are managed and the debate over its mandatory reauthorization has been going on since late last year.

Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne spoke in favor of the revised act during a floor speech on Wednesday, highlighting that it includes three amendments he proposed in his "Red Snapper Regulatory Reform Act" in April.

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