Tagged Doc Hastings

Building on Success

In late fall of 2006, Congress came together to strengthen the primary law that governs our nation’s ocean fisheries—the Magnuson-Stevens Act, originally passed in 1976. A push from leaders on both sides of the aisle, combined with strong support from President George W. Bush, helped overcome political differences.Now the House Committee on Natural Resources has advanced a bill to reauthorize and amend the act. Unlike eight years ago, however, this measure lacks significant bipartisan support—and a number of its provisions would undermine key reforms that have proved instrumental in rebuilding depleted U.S. ocean fish populations. … More Info »

Now Here’s an Idea We Can All Get Behind

For a law that determines so much of the health of the ocean and the ocean economy and serves as the de facto management framework for our nation’s ocean wildlife, the bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) received fairly brief treatment before being passed from the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee in late May. However, during the markup of the bill there was a rare bright spot. Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) offered an amendment that would require that every fishery management plan and every rebuilding plan for overfished stocks be required to have a probability of success that at least has a 75% chance of success. What’s not to like about that? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 18

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Captain John McMurray says the Hastings MSA draft “is really awful”; a second MSA discussion draft circulates; federal and state lawmakers work to combat seafood fraud; DMF warns boaters to look out for right whales in Cape Cod Bay; new research suggests acidification could cause fish to lose their fear of predators; traps can help eels pass dams on the Byram River; the elver season starts with small catches and low prices; NOAA releases proposed dogfish rules; a British fisheries consultant says fishermen can adapt to offshore wind. … More Info »

The Myth of Flexibility

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on Congressman Doc Hastings’ proposed bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Conservation Law Foundation Senior Counsel Peter Shelley’s oral testimony to the committee is included below. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 14

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NERO becomes GARFO; Maine scrambles to find an elver management solution before the season begins in March; more opposition arises to Doc Hastings’ MSA reauthorization draft; a new deal allows oyster farmers to use floating gear; Maine closes more coastal scallop areas; NEFSC releases data from a cooperative flatfish survey; Massachusetts will lose $34 million in direct revenue due to depleted stocks; Massachusetts clammers meet to discuss green crabs; the Senate Oceans Caucus supports treaties to fight pirate fishing; a New Bedford Standard-Times piece focuses on homeless scallopers. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 7

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Hastings Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization proposal; a DMF biologist says the lobster fishery south of Cape Cod won’t recover any time soon; federal fisheries disaster aid will be distributed as block grants to states; a Canadian businessman thinks he has a solution to Maine’s green crab problem; Cape Cod charter boats struggle with low black sea bass quota; NEFMC releases the agenda for its upcoming meeting; Bruce Tarr testifies in support of a new marketing fund for locally-caught seafood; new research highlights five factors that determine the success of MPAs in rebuilding fish populations. … More Info »

Rep. Hastings’ Empty Oceans Act Is a Surefire Disaster for New England’s Ocean, Fisheries and Communities

Tomorrow morning in the Nation’s Capital the House Natural Resources Committee will convene to deliberate a “discussion draft” of a bill to revise the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). After oversight hearings by both the House and the Senate last year, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings has made the first legislative effort to put his Congressional pen to paper. Simply put, the Hastings draft ignores the state of New England’s fisheries and the need to move modern fishery management forward. … More Info »