Young Applauds House Passage of Legislation Implementing Two International Fisheries Treaties
Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young applauded the House-passage of H.R. 4576, Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act, which implements U.S. participation in two international fishery treaties that the U.S. helped negotiate: the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean and the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean.
“As an original sponsor of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, I have long supported a fisheries management system that balances the economic needs of our fishermen and the biological needs of our fish resources,” said Congressman Don Young. “This important piece of legislation is just another step in that direction. It importantly gives the United States a critical seat at the table to lead the many conversations and negotiations regarding fisheries management decisions upon the high seas, while also ensuring American fishermen have much needed access to shared international waters. I commend Representative Radewagen and the numerous stakeholders in this process for moving this bill forward and for working to protect the well-being of our Pacific fisheries.”
Congressman Young, a tireless advocate for our nation’s fishing industry, introduced H.R.3269, North Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act, on July 28, 2015. That legislation was folded into H.R. 4576, introduced by Rep. Amata Radewagen (R-American Samoa, At-large), on February 12, 2016 and passed in the House yesterday by voice vote. Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan has led similar efforts in the Senate.
H.R. 4576 also makes positive changes to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act that will allow regional fishery councils and U.S. territories to participate in the Convention in order to protect our domestic fishing fleet from any adverse effects from the treaties. The bill will change existing law to help our Pacific tuna fishing industry compete on a level playing field against foreign fleets.