Testimony before the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Oversight Hearing, Committee on Natural Resources, United States House of Representatives
Today, Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation delivered testimony on behalf of the Center for Coastal Conservation, American Sportfishing Association, Coastal Conservation Association, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association and The Billfish Foundation.
In his testimony, Angers stated the groups have serious concerns about the potential impact of commercial catch shares on the recreational sector in mixed-use fisheries (in which there are both recreational and commercial components). Our organizations respectfully submit that the Draft Policy Catch Share Policy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under consideration lacks the necessary guidance to protect the recreational sector from adverse impacts associated with the implementation of a catch shares policy in mixed-use fisheries.
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