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US Senator Scott Brown intends to ensure domestic fisheries
receive import duties on seafood.
(Photo: YouTube, USSenatorScottBrown/PEW)
Bill introduced to
ensure fisheries get more funds
March 14, 2012,
US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) this week
joined Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and
Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) in introducing the Fisheries
Investment and Regulatory Relief Act (FIRRA). The
legislation would ensure domestic fisheries receive import
duties on seafood as originally intended by the 1954
Saltonstall-Kennedy Act, instead of letting Congress
continue to increasingly appropriate these funds to
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) operations.
A companion bill is expected in the House by Representatives
Barney Frank (D-MA) and Frank Guinta (R-NH). This
legislation would make sure that key programmes crucial to
sustainably managing ocean fish populations, as well as the
fishers and communities that depend on them, receive larger
and continuous funding.
“This legislation is a step forward for our fishing
communities,” said Brown. “One way to hold Dr Lubchenco and
NOAA accountable for how taxpayer dollars are spent is to
make certain we are not diverting funds away from domestic
Brown is one of several legislators who have called for the
firing of Lubchenco due to her "indifference" to the fishing
industry, The Republican reports.
This bill is a way to put fishers first and help them during
these difficult economic times and ensure further
accountability at the agency, it was added.
It was designed to provide some USD 100 million annually for
necessary scientific research, monitoring, data collection
and assistance to fishers and coastal communities by
redirecting a portion of existing import duties on fish and
fish products to support key programmes.
Funds would be available through a competitive grant
programme and would promote local priorities for sustainable
fisheries management and the preservation of fishing
Pew Environment Group
Commercial fishing groups are celebrating
"For too long, we've managed our valuable fisheries on the
cheap, with disastrous results,” said Zeke Grader, executive
director of the
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's
Associations. “This bill finally
provides a dedicated funding source for stock assessments,
research, and support for fishing communities that are
essential for healthy fisheries."
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