ARE AMERICA'S FISHERIES ENDANGERED?07/11/06
Our guests (Tom Wheatley, the regional organizer for the Marine Fish Conservation Network and Martha Collins from the National Environmental Trust) say that Congress might actually vote in the next couple of weeks on a bill that is of critical importance to a $48 billion dollar fishing industry and our nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest public resource. This may be the most important conservation vote of the year. What Member of Congress wants to explain to constituents why he or she voted to help empty the oceans of fish, hurt commercial and recreational fishing traditions, eliminate AmericanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite seafood choices, and devastate coastal communities?
Ten years since its last renewal, U.S. Representatives Richard Pombo (R-CA), Barney Frank (D-MA), and a handful of other Members of Congress are trying to roll back conservation measures in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, our primary ocean fisheries law.