This Week on the Hill: Markup of Magnuson-Stevens and Other Fisheries Bills, Hearing on National Ocean Policy

Tuesday, December 12

The House Committee on Natural Resources has scheduled a markup on 15 bills including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act beginning on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in 1324 Longworth House Office Building. The committee will convene for opening statements only and will reconvene the following day.

Tuesday, December 12

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard will hold a hearing titled “National Ocean Policy: Stakeholder Perspectives.” The hearing will examine the state of the National Ocean Policy and the program’s interaction with existing laws and regulations for ocean management. Read more here.

Wednesday, December 13

House Natural Resources Committee will reconvene on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in 1324 Longworth House Office Building for a full committee markup of several bills, most notably. H.R. 200, introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).  H.R. 200 seeks to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law governing fisheries resources and fishing activities in United States federal waters.  Mr. Young will offer an amendment in the nature of a substitute that restructures the bill and includes several provisions from S. 1520, introduced by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

The committee will also markup H.R. 3588, sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) and H.R. 4465, sponsored by Rep. John R. Curtis (R-Utah). H.R. 3588 seeks to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide for management of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. H.R. 4465, The Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017, seeks to re-authorize funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2023. Read more about the bill here.