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|02-12-2016, 12:16 PM||#1|
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Another small step for Red Snapper
Senate Fisheries Subcommittee Examines State-Federal Fishery Management
The Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife this week held a long-overdue inquiry into federal interactions with state fish and wildlife agencies.
While state and federal fish and wildlife managers have historically enjoyed respectful and cooperative relationships, a recent series of ham-handed missteps by federal regulators (including the National Park Service’s seizure of state management responsibilities in Biscayne Bay and inept federal management of red snapper populations in the Gulf) have drawn well-deserved criticism.
Subcommittee chair Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) observed that the states have primary responsibility for fish and wildlife management, with cooperation from the federal government.
The states, as full committee chair James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) noted, “fund much of their conservation and management programs” through taxes on motorboat fuel and fishing equipment and also “have more on-the-ground expertise about local populations.”
“The states,” he concluded, “should have a significant role in working with the federal government and the private sector to ensure the most sensible fish and wildlife management programs are adopted and implemented.”
The Senate’s inquiry is yet another sign that Washington is hearing us: the states have long proven themselves as highly capable fish and wildlife management professionals who have developed state-of-the-art tools and practices for building sustainable fisheries, and the federal government should get out of the way.
|02-12-2016, 01:54 PM||#2|
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And then there is the EDF take on how they are saving the fishery.
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