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Wednesday
May222013

NH House Republicans Comment on House Passage of Bill Restricting Fishermen 

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett), and members of the House Fish and Game Committee, Assistant House Republican Leader Elisabeth Sanders (R-Danville) and Rep. John Burt (R-Goffstown) offered the following comments in reaction to the passage of SB89, a bill that would restrict the types of tackle New Hampshire fishermen can use, based on anecdotal evidence of loon deaths possibly due to ingesting lead. The bill passed 225-142.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Although it’s very sad that lead may have caused the death of a handful of loons, there is not enough evidence to ban an entire type of tackle that fishermen use. Fishermen come to New Hampshire from all over the region to fish in our lakes and rivers. Fish & Game Department has indicated this law would be nearly impossible to enforce. We need more study before we pass any measure as drastic as this bill. Our state’s sportsmen and outdoor industry deserve as much.”

“Last year’s interim study committee concluded that more time was needed to thoroughly examine this issue and that no legislation should be introduced in 2013. Until we have a conclusive report, this legislation is premature.”

Assistant House Republican Leader Elisabeth Sanders (R-Danville)

“After spending 6 hours listening to committee hearing testimony on SB89, and after much research to learn more facts, I am very disappointed that SB89 passed. It seems that the wishes of our anglers have been replaced with exaggerated tales of disaster. I believe that before more restrictive laws are enacted, additional unbiased studies should take place. The bill did not have the support of the Fish and Game department and commissioners. The average loss of 5-6 adult loons per year due to lead ingestion is tragic. The loss of angler confidence in our legislative decisions may have the unintended consequence of the tragic loss of fishing related revenue.”

Rep. John Burt (R-Goffstown), House Fish & Game Committee


“The science behind this legislation is unproven. We shouldn’t base a legislative decision affecting a $1.2 billion industry in New Hampshire on an unproven claim. The majority of our committee supported the recommendation of the Fish and Game Department on every bill, except for SB89. I believe we should have listened to them, the enforcement agency, and not have rushed to pass this bill they say is unenforceable they say won’t save any loons.”

Saturday
Mar022013

Congresswoman Shea-Porter Announces NOAA Decision to Fully Fund At-Sea Monitoring for Northeast Fishermen 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Shea-Porter announced that NOAA intends to fully fund the cost of at-sea monitors for Northeast fishermen, barring any unforeseen budgetary consequences.  The funding will come out of NOAA’s existing 2013 budget, provided assumptions on reduced fishing activity are met.

NOAA’s at-sea monitors are enforcement personnel that travel with fishermen on multi-species fisheries trips.  Due to budget constraints, they had considered having fishermen pay for the cost of these monitors.  This would have been a huge burden for New Hampshire fishermen, who are already facing difficult cuts to their 2013 quotas.

“I am thankful that NOAA has made this decision to prevent burdening New Hampshire fishermen with the responsibility of paying for NOAA at-sea monitors during this difficult time.” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  

The New Hampshire fishing fleet is comprised solely of small inshore boats, and relies almost exclusively on Gulf of Maine (GOM) Cod and Haddock.  At last month’s New England Fisheries Management Council Meeting, a 77% reduction to GOM Cod and the 72% reduction to GOM Haddock.  As a result of these conservation measures, studies have shown that New Hampshire fisherman could lose 91% of their income.

Tuesday
Jan152013

Congresswoman Shea-Porter Fights for New Hampshire’s Commercial Fishermen

Congresswoman Writes to Speaker Boehner and Co-Sponsors Amendment to Reinstate Disaster Aid

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Shea-Porter took action to defend New Hampshire’s commercial fishing industry.  The Northeast groundfish fishery received a disaster declaration from the Department of Commerce in September because, despite fishermen’s efforts, certain fish stocks have not rebuilt.  Now, drastically reduced catch limits are being considered for the coming year.  This would means millions of dollars in lost income for New Hampshire’s commercial fishing industry, and New Hampshire would suffer the most severe economic impact of any Northeast state.

“Commercial fishing is a heritage industry in New Hampshire, and it is vital that we preserve it for future generations.  The disaster funding passed by the Senate will help the industry survive during these difficult times,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I have urged Speaker Boehner to pass the disaster aid as approved by the Senate.  Since the current bill before the House contains no relief for commercial fisheries though, I have also cosponsored Representative Tierney’s amendment to reinstate the funding.”

Congressman Tierney’s amendment restores the full $150 million to the fisheries disaster funds and is paid for from other programs in the supplemental appropriation, which should be done through the regular budget process for NOAA.

BACKGROUND:

Dear Speaker Boehner:

As you work to pass the Hurricane Sandy Relief bill, I ask that you do so expeditiously and without amendments that would require offsets and spending cuts.  This would be a significant break with tradition, as offsets have never been necessary to pass other disaster relief bills, such as the Hurricane Katrina relief.

I also ask that the $150 million dollars in disaster relief for commercial fishermen in the Northeast be left in the relief bill passed by the Senate.  On September 13, 2012, the Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank declared a fisheries resource disaster for the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery.  The Secretary issued this declaration because: “despite fishermen’s adherence to strict catch limits, several key fish stocks in the Northeast groundfish fishery are not rebuilding and further cuts are expected in 2013.”

With the cuts currently being considered by the National Marine Fisheries Service, New Hampshire commercial groundfishing boats could see a 91% reduction in income.  I have been advised that under this scenario, only one New Hampshire boat would survive out of the current fleet of forty-six boats.  In fact, New Hampshire would suffer the most severe economic impact out of any Northeast state.  This is because the New Hampshire groundfish fleet is comprised of all small boats that rely on cod and haddock, which are two of the most devastated species in the Northeast fishery.

Commercial fishing is a heritage industry in New Hampshire that is vital to our economy and seacoast communities.  If the industry disappears it will not only directly impact fishermen, but also processors, distributors, and local restaurants. This disaster aid funding is critical to make sure that the industry can survive in New Hampshire during this difficult time and remain a resource and economic engine for future generations.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

Sincerely,

Carol Shea-Porter
Member of Congress

Tuesday
Feb222011

Rep. Frank Guinta to learn about fishing industry concerns during Seabrook visit in Tuesday 2/22

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta to hear about fishing industry troubles from fishermen in Seabrook on Tuesday afternoon

U.S. Representative Frank Guinta will find out firsthand about the challenges facing New Hampshire’s fishing industry directly from fishermen and others employed in the industry.  Recent federal regulations have significantly restricted the numbers of days fishing boats can operate and the size of their catches.  Congressman Guinta will hear about the difficulties the fishing industry is experiencing due to these regulations, and what Congress can do to help. 

WHO:       U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01)       

WHAT  Listening tour with coop employees and fisherman

WHEN:    4:30 – 6:00 pm   Tuesday, February 22, 2011      

WHERE: Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative

                   Route 1A, Seabrook, NH

Wednesday
Sep222010

CEI - Today in the News: General Motors, the Real Cause of the Economic Crisis, and Frankenfish

 

General Motors

 

GM has admitted they haven't repaid their government loans, despite their previous claims to the contrary.

 

CEI has filed a supplement to our earlier FTC complaint against GM. Special Counsel Hans Bader talks about GM's deceptive advertising.

 

"In its original complaint, CEI urged the FTC to investigate the 2010 GM ad campaign entitled 'GM Repaid Government Loan Ahead of Schedule.' The ad featured GM’s then-Chairman and CEO, Ed Whitacre declaring that 'we have repaid our government loan in full, with interest, five years ahead of the original schedule.' That claim, CEI explained in the May complaint, 'gives the false impression that GM has used its own funds to pay back all the bailout money that it received from the federal government. In fact, GM has only repaid a fraction of those funds—barely ten percent. Moreover, GM apparently repaid its loan by using other federal funds.'"

 

 

 

The Real Cause of the Economic Crisis

 

Jacob Lew, an Obama nominee for a top White House post, is being lambasted by the media for saying that deregulation didn't cause the economic crisis.

 

Warren Brooks Fellow Ryan Young explains why deregulation isn't to blame.

 

"If anything, the recession was caused by misguided regulations. Monetary policy favored a weak dollar for too long. Political pressure to raise homeownership levels beyond what people could afford led directly to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debacle, and a $700 billion bailout program. Today's double-digit unemployment is part of the price of federal misconduct. Wall Street deserves plenty of blame for playing along. But Congress, Presidents Bush and Obama, and regulators set the rules of the game."

 

 

 

Frankenfish

 

The FDA heard arguments yesterday on whether or not to approve the marketing of genetically-engineered fish.

 

Senior Fellow Gregory Conko argues that the FDA should not be restricting the sale of genetically-engineered organisms. 

 

"Ultimately, a passionate belief that bioengineered foods must be dangerous because they are not 'natural' cannot be supported by facts or logic.  That said, if consumers want to exercise their superstitions by worshipping Gaia, eating local, and buying only non-GM food, they should be free to do so.  That is, after all, what markets are for:  You can buy the products you like, and I can buy the products I like, assuming there’s someone at the other end of the voluntary exchange who’s willing to offer those goods for sale at a price we’re willing to pay."