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  • Bill Championed by Young and Bonamici to Combat Marine Debris Unanimously Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Natural Resources, Fisheries

    Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed S. 756, the Save Our Seas Act, a bill to assist local communities and states in removing garbage and debris from our oceans and shores. House Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) introduced the bill, H.R. 2748, last year. “In Alaska, we know first-hand the lasting impacts of marine debris,” said Alaska Congressman Don Young. “The Save Our Seas Act is an important piece of legislation ... Read more

  • House Reauthorizes Young’s Critical Federal Fishing Management Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Natural Resources, Fisheries

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 200 the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act sponsored by Alaska Congressman Don Young. “The North Pacific is the gold standard of fisheries management, and in Alaska the fishing industry is crucial to our local economies and livelihood,” said Congressman Young. “It’s been over a decade since Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) was reauthorized which is why I’m proud to see this bill pass out of the... Read more

  • The Hill: Partisanship shouldn’t undermine our fisheries
    Posted in Articles on July 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Natural Resources, Fisheries

    By: Congressman Don Young Partisan rancor may be standard operating procedure for most of Washington, but let’s not allow it to unravel the progress we’ve made for our country’s vital fisheries. As my colleagues and my state know, I’ve been on the frontlines for the fight for our fisheries for over 40 years - and I have no intentions of letting up. After creating an initial framework, former Rep. Gerry Studds (D-Mass.) and I collaborated with former Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Warren Magnus... Read more

  • Marine Debris Legislation Sponsored by Congressman Young Passes Out of Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure, Fisheries

    Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed S. 756, the Save Our Seas Act, a companion bill to Alaska Congressman Don Young’s previously introduced legislation H.R. 2748. “Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the Committee taking up S. 756, sponsored by my Senator Dan Sullivan from Alaska which is a companion bill to my legislation H.R. 2748, which addresses plastics in our oceans,” said Congressman Young. “As a member of the Oceans Caucus, I know that we need to address this issue... Read more

  • Congressman Young Votes to Protect Endangered Salmon
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fisheries

    Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young voted in support of H.R 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act. Congressman Young is an original cosponsor of this legislation and issued the following statement after House passage: “Anyone who lives in Southeast Alaska can tell you that sea lions, seals, and sea otters are destructive to fisheries if not properly managed. Sea lions have moved inland and up the Columbia River into salmon spawning grounds – areas they were not found... Read more

  • Alaska Delegation Welcomes $56 Million in Disaster Relief for Alaska Fisheries
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fisheries

    U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, (all R-Alaska), welcomed a funding allocation announcement by the Secretary of Commerce for states and territories affected by recent fishery disasters. Alaska is receiving $56,361,332 in disaster funding, which will support compensation, recovery, and relief for fishermen, communities, and stakeholders affected by the 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fishery disaster. “The news of this disaster relief funding for Alaska is incredibly e... Read more

  • Young Applauds New Coast Guard Investments Coming to Alaska
    Posted in Press Releases on April 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense , Transportation and Infrastructure, Fisheries, Budget

    The U.S. Coast Guard announced the homeporting of six Fast Response Cutters (FRC) across Southeast Alaska communities which will improve disaster response readiness, assist in search and rescue operations and protect local fisheries. As announced, two new FRCs will be homeported in Kodiak, one in Sitka, one in Seward and the two vessels in Ketchikan will remain in place. This will deliver many substantial upgrades to the current fleet. Alaska Congressman Don Young issued the following statement ... Read more

  • Alaska Delegation Secures Temporary Extension for Vessel Incidental Discharge for Alaska Fishermen and Small Boat Operators
    Posted in Press Releases on December 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fisheries, Government Overreach/ Overregulation

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congress sent President Trump legislation (S. 2273) to extend an exemption for Alaska fishing vessels, and commercials vessels less than 79 feet in length, from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) incidental discharge regulations, which expired on December 18, 2017. The temporarily extension – effective until January 19, 2018 – will provide fishing and small commercial vessels relief as Congress pursues a permanent exemption to a patchwork of burdensome federal and stat... Read more

  • Natural Resources Committee Approves 3 Bills by Young
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Native Health Care Issues, Fisheries

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 200, H.R. 4475 and S. 825, all legislation sponsored by Alaska Congressman Don Young. “Alaska is considered the gold standard of fisheries management and this industry is crucial to our local economy,” Congressman Young stated. “My bill, H.R. 200, updates the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) to ensure regional fisheries are able to develop management plans that match needs of their areas which they know best.” The House Nat... Read more

  • Alaska Delegation Applauds EPA’s Selection of Chris Hladick as Region 10 Administrator
    Posted in Press Releases on October 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Alaska Energy Issues, Natural Resources, Global Warming, Transportation and Infrastructure, Native Economic Development, Fisheries

    U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young today released the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt appointed Alaskan Chris Hladick to serve as regional administrator for Region 10. "‎Chris is exactly what Alaska needs, an experienced Administrator that will implement the law instead of furthering agendas,” said Senator Murkowski. “Chris has years of experience as the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Commu... Read more