Working Together On Water

2017-11-30T15:27:56+00:00 November 6, 2017|

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans held a hearing on three water bills, including the Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act (H.R. 221) and Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act (H.R. 1176). The use of our ocean is increasing, and this hearing focused on two pieces of legislation that would address the backlog of coastal surveys (which could help prevent oil spills, ship collisions, and habitat destruction) and ensure working waterfronts persist through coastal development.

Debate Continues Over Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

2017-11-30T15:51:55+00:00 October 2, 2017|

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing to address four federal fisheries management bills. Two would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA; PL 109-479) – the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R. 200) and the Strengthening Fishing Communities through Improving Science, Increasing Flexibility, and Modernizing Fisheries Management Act (a discussion draft that has not been introduced).

Fishing For Change

2017-09-18T10:19:04+00:00 September 18, 2017|

The Senate Science, Commerce, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a third hearing on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act reauthorization on Tuesday titled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges.”

Infrastructure, A Rare Topic Of Bipartisanship

2017-02-13T14:04:29+00:00 February 13, 2017|

“When the word ‘infrastructure’ comes up, most people think of steel and concrete, bridges and ports,” began the testimony of Mr. Anthony Pratt (President, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association) to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He continued, “But I`m here to talk about water and coastal infrastructure that is just as critical to the American economy and creates (and protects) just as many jobs, but does so with sand and sediment, roots and grass.”

Successes And Challenges With Endangered Species Listings

2016-04-22T18:07:04+00:00 April 22, 2016|

A joint hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and Interior Subcommittees examined the barriers to removing federal protections, or delisting species from the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA).

Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council

2015-12-17T17:27:17+00:00 December 17, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) The largest billfish, the Atlantic blue marlin, weighs up to 820 kg (1800 lb) and has been classified as a vulnerable species. (Credit: NMFS/NOAA) We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public teleconference of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council).(From the Federal Register) -- A Federal [...]