Congressman Don Young Keeps Up the Fight for Alaska’s Fishing Industry, Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Wild Fish Populations
Washington, January 11, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young introduced the Keep Fin Fish Free Act. This legislation prohibits the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Commerce from authorizing commercial finfish aquaculture operations in the Federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) unless specifically authorized by Congress. This important environmental legislation has the support of Friends of the Earth, and is cosponsored by Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Sean Casten (D-IL).
“The fishing industry is critical to Alaska’s economy, culture, and way of life. Every year, countless families across the country sit down at their dinner tables to enjoy Alaskan salmon, halibut, and other delicious seafood. We must be doing all we can to protect the health and integrity of our state’s wild fish stock,” said Congressman Don Young. “If not properly managed, industrial aquaculture operations threaten Alaska’s unique ecosystem with non-native and genetically modified fish species. This disaster scenario would devastate our fishing sector, and cause unnecessary hardship for fishermen who earn a living on the water. My legislation takes needed steps to prevent the unchecked spread of aquaculture operations by reigning in the federal bureaucracy, and empowering Congress to determine where new aquaculture projects should be conducted. It is up to us to ensure that our oceans are healthy and protected for generations to come. I urge my friends on both sides of the aisle to join me in this important effort.”
“We thank Congressman Young for introducing this important legislation and standing up for our oceans, fisheries, and coastal communities,” said Hallie Templeton, Senior Oceans Campaigner for Friends of the Earth. “At a time when federal agencies are pushing to permit this destructive industry without Congressional authorization, this bill will help stop the unlawful expansion of these floating factory farms.”