[env-trinity] Jared Huffman set to kick off listening tour in Calif.

Tom Stokely tstokely at att.net
Mon Sep 30 17:34:13 PDT 2019

Jared Huffman set to kick off listening tour in Calif.
Rob Hotakainen, E&E News reporter

Published: Monday, September 30, 2019 
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) plans to kick off a series of roundtables on U.S. fishery issues with two events in California this weekend. Francis Chung/E&E News

California Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman plans to launch his nationwide listening tour on U.S. fishery issues with two events in his home state this weekend.

Huffman, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife, announced in July that he would travel around the country this fall for advice on reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the nation's primary law governing fishing in federal waters. He intends to introduce a bill next spring.

The first event will take place Saturday in Arcata, and the second is scheduled for Oct. 7 in San Francisco.

Huffman said the tour aims "to engage diverse perspectives, interests, and needs of individuals who have a stake in management of federal ocean and fisheries resources." In a statement, he said each roundtable panel will include "a detailed, technical examination of current and future challenges in federal fisheries management and will explore potential solutions."

Huffman said earlier that before proposing any changes to the law, he wants to hear how climate change is affecting fisheries, whether fisheries managers have the resources they need to do their jobs and what challenges have been presented by modernizing data collection systems. Huffman also wants to examine the fisheries disaster-relief system and whether some stocks are unhealthy or experiencing overfishing.

Dates and locations for other stops on the listening tour will be announced later.

The schedule for the first two stops:
   - Oct. 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m., D Street Community Center, 1301 D St., Arcata.
   - Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, Farallon Room, Pier 39 Embarcadero and Beach St., San Francisco.

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