Posted by: Dan | July 18, 2006

Pombo and Ocean Fisheries Management

The number one congressman out to destroy the environment, Richard Pombo (R-CA), is at it again. Via the National Environmental Trust:

This summer, Congress will reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the major law governing U.S. fisheries. Likely next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a flawed bill offered by Congressmen Pombo and Frank (H.R. 5018) which would weaken current overfishing laws and threaten the long-term viability of ocean fish populations.

H.R. 5018 fails to implement critical recommendations of the Pew Oceans Commission and U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. The Pombo-Frank bill not only fails to end overfishing, but weakens current law by opening new loopholes on the requirements to rebuild depleted fish populations, waiving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The American Fisheries Management and Marine Life Enhancement Act (H.R. 5018), introduced by Congressmen Pombo (R-CA) and Frank (D-MA), will not put an end to overfishing, and instead will actually roll back current law.

The bill contains several major flaws:

  • Requirements to Rebuild Depleted Fish Populations Weakened.
  • No Accountability for Annual Catch Limits.
  • Overfishing of Depleted Fish Populations Allowed.
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Waived.
  • No Protections for Deep Sea Corals.
  • Limited Access Privilege Programs (LAPPs) not adequately regulated.

Update: Surprisingly though, Pombo did sponsor and pass a different bill (HR4075) meant reduce marine mammal bycatch.



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