New England and Mid-Atlantic Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

The Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. titled, “New England and Mid-Atlantic Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization.” The hearing will explore the progress made to date and the ongoing challenges faced in transitioning to sustainable fisheries management in New England and the Mid-Atlantic since the 2006 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).

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Testimony from managers, fishermen, academics, and other stakeholders is expected to explore the impacts the MSA amendments have had on U.S. fisheries in these regions, as well as recommend potential changes to the Act for Congress to consider. 

Witness Panel 1

The Honorable John K. Bullard
Regional Administrator, Northeast Regional Office , National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Mr. C.M. "Rip" Cunningham Jr. 
Chairman, New England Fishery Management Council

Mr. Richard B. Robins 
Chairman, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Witness Panel 2

Mr. Nick Muto 
Chairman, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance

Mr. John McMurray 
Owner and Operator, "One More Cast" Charters

Mr. Patrick Paquette 
Recreational Angler

Dr. John Boreman 
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, North Carolina State University

Dr. Josh Wiersma 
Sector Manager, Northeast Fisheries Sectors XI/XII