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Congress Moves to Halt Corporatization of Fisheries

Source: PR Newswire
Published: July 14, 2005

WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Representatives Tom Allen (D-Maine), William Delahunt (D-Mass.), and Robert Simmons (R-Conn.) today introduced the bipartisan "Fishing Quota Standards Act of 2005," H.R. 3278, to ensure that quota systems, often touted as the management solution to our declining fisheries, would give fair and equitable opportunities to small fishermen and fishing communities and would responsibly protect marine environments.

"I am pleased to introduce this bipartisan bill to create national standards for fishing quota programs. Ensuring that standards are in place prior to the development of quota systems is an important part of sustainable fisheries management. Local, coastal fishing communities and family-operated fishing businesses are integral to Maine. With the likely reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act this Congress, I want to be sure that the voices of Maine fishermen are heard in the national debate over these standards," said Congressman Allen.

"Passage of this legislation is a critical step toward protecting small boat fleets and the communities that depend on them," explains Congressman Delahunt.

"Congressmen Allen, Delahunt, and Simmons' bill creates a solution to the potential pitfalls of quota systems and ensures that they accomplish all that their proponents want them to," said Lee Crockett, executive director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network.

Individual fishing quota (IFQ) systems use quota shares to give fishermen exclusive access to a fixed percentage of the total annual quota in a fishery. The Bush Administration promoted these systems in its U.S. Ocean Action Plan released in December as the primary way to stop declining fish populations.

Documented research has shown that IFQ systems without strong national standards often create multiple economic and environmental problems, such as giving an unfair advantage to large corporations who have more capital to buy out other quota share holders and creating incentives to throw less valuable fish back dead or dying.

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