WASHINGTON, DC – Jaime Herrera Beutler announced today that two of her bills to better manage Northwest ocean resources will receive congressional hearings before the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, July 23.
The Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act seeks to reduce predation on endangered Columbia River salmon, and the West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act will permanently extend a 17-year fishery management agreement that has been vital to Washington state’s Dungeness crab fishery. The next step after the subcommittee hearing would be a markup by the full Natural Resources Committee.
“We work hard to preserve our salmon runs on the Columbia River, but leaving them vulnerable to unnatural levels of sea lion predation negates our community’s efforts,” said Jaime. “My bipartisan solution will give fish managers the tools they need to protect the endangered salmon and steelhead.”
“Fishermen in Washington state have been effectively managing the west coast crab fishery for nearly two decades, making it healthy and sustainable for future generations,” continued Jaime. “We should solidify the current arrangement that is set to expire, eliminating any uncertainty about this partnership so that crab fishermen can continue supporting hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in benefits to our communities.”
|WHAT:||Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Jaime Herrera Beutler’s bipartisan legislation|
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler
Witness for H.R. 564: The Honorable Leotis McCormack, Commissioner, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Lapwai, Idaho
Witness for H.R. 2168: Mr. Dale Beasley, President, Columbia River Crab Fisherman’s Association, Ilwaco, Washington
|WHEN:||Wednesday, July 23
7:30 AM Pacific Time
|WHERE:||1334 Hearing Room, Longworth House Office Building