Press Releases

VIDEO: Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Sea Lion Bill and West Coast Crab Management Bill Receive Congressional Hearing Yesterday

Pacific County crab fisherman Dale Beasley testifies to congressional committee: Jaime’s bill will continue successful Dungeness crab partnership

f t # e
Washington, DC, July 24, 2015 | comments
Yesterday, Jaime Herrera Beutler testified before the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee in support of her two bipartisan bills to better manage Northwest ocean resources.
share: f t

Yesterday, Jaime Herrera Beutler testified before the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee in support of her two bipartisan bills to better manage Northwest ocean resources.

The Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act seeks to reduce predation on endangered Columbia River salmon, and the West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act will permanently extend a 17-year fishery management agreement that has been vital to Washington state’s Dungeness crab fishery.  The next step after the subcommittee hearing would be a markup by the full U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources.

Dale Beasley, President of the Columbia River Crab Fisherman’s Association from Ilwaco, Washington testified in favor of H.R. 2168,The West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act

The Honorable Leotis McCormack, Commissioner of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission from Lapwai, Idaho testified in favor of  H.R. 564,The Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act.

“We work hard to preserve our salmon runs on the Columbia River, but leaving them vulnerable to unnatural levels of sea lion predation negates our community’s efforts,” said Jaime.  “We have great bipartisan support including the states, tribes, utilities, and recreational fishermen. It’s time we implemented this much-needed solution to give fish managers the tools they need to protect the endangered salmon and steelhead.”    

“Fishermen in Washington state have been effectively managing the west coast crab fishery for nearly two decades, making it healthy and sustainable for future generations,” continued Jaime. “With the current arrangement set to expire, this solution will eliminate any uncertainty about this partnership so that the fishery can continue to operate smoothly without taxpayer dollars, and crab fishermen can continue supporting hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in benefits to our communities.”  

“In short, Dungeness crab fishery is an exceptionally well-managed model fishery where the fishing industry and the three state crab manage team work cooperatively in responsible partnership committed to the sound resource stewardship and an economically viable fishery where the overall community is nurtured as crab finds its way to the consumer’s dinner plate providing long-term stability for the coastal communities,” said Dale Beasley, President of the Columbia River Crab Fisherman’s Association from Ilwaco, during his hearing testimony.  “The Tristate management structure has passed its 20 year federal review successfully that dates back to 1996!”

f t # e