Background from Natural Resources Committee:  

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is the primary statute governing fishing activities in Federal waters and expires at the end of Fiscal Year 2013.

This hearing will be the first in a series that the Committee will hold as it begins the process to reauthorize the Act this Congress. Last Congress, the Committee held several oversight and legislative hearings on the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Some of the specific issues raised during these hearings included: basing annual catch limits on better science; requiring participant approval of new catch share programs; allowing rebuilding flexibility for certain fisheries; using NOAA enforcement funds to acquire better fisheries information; requiring decisions on commercial fisheries disaster assistance in a timely manner; and requiring better transparency for the activities and decisions of the regional fishery management councils. These and other issues will continue to be examined this Congress.

Live stream of the hearing, list of witnesses can be found here: 

http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=322259

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