US Rep. Frank Guinta says newly-passed Continuing Resolution contains amendment that will help NH fishing industry

We must do everything we can to support New Hampshire’s fishing industry.  This legislation helps keep fishing jobs in places like Seabrook and Hampton, not take them away.”

(WASHINGTON – APRIL 18, 2011)    Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) released the following statement about House passage of H.R. 1473 late last week.  Amendment #548 prohibits the use of any funds provided in the Act to develop or approve a new limited access privilege program for any fishery under the jurisdiction of the South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, New England, or Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  The amendment was agreed to by a roll call vote of 259-159:

“The Continuing Resolution just passed by Congress and signed by President Obama contains good news for New Hampshire fishermen.  It slams the door on using federal funds for the rest of this fiscal year for new fisheries catch shares programs.  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has proposed spending $36 million to institute new catch shares programs, which would destroy commercial and fishing jobs and communities across the country.

“This is a significant show of support for our beleaguered fishing industry.  Fishermen have a tough enough time battling skyrocketing fuel and business costs, plus finding their catch and getting a fair market price for it.   They don’t need to fight Washington on top of everything else.  We must do everything we can to support New Hampshire’s fishing industry.  This legislation helps keep fishing jobs in places like Seabrook and Hampton, not take them away.”