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Washington Digest: House tackles fishery management law

June 7, 2015
In The News

A bill to reauthorize the nation’s principle marine fisheries management law cleared the House last week over the objections of most Democrats, who claimed the new version weakened conservation protections in the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., criticized Republicans for failing to work in a bipartisan manner to renew the law as had been done in previous sessions of Congress — resulting in a bill that would create “gaping loopholes” for overfishing and mismanagement under the guise of increased flexibility.

“These misguided provisions would threaten the viability of an entire industry and harm the health of our oceans simply to benefit a few special interests,” she said.

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