Fellow California Divers and Concerned Ocean Environmentalists and
On Monday, 4/10/00, I attended a meeting in San Francisco organized by the Marine Fish Conservation Network, (http://www.conservefish.org/) regarding important new Federal fisheries legislation.
The Network is a coalition of local and national environmental and conservation organizations with interests in fisheries, including Greenpeace, The Center for Marine Conservation, and the National Resources Defense Council as well as some conservation minded commercial small fisherman's associations, like the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), currently headed by Zeke Grader.
The legislation, H. R. 4046, has been entitled the "Fisheries Recovery Act" and was introduced 3/21/00 in the House of Representatives by Wayne Gilchrest, R-MD.
The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) is the governing law regarding the management of Federally controlled fisheries. Despite Magnuson-Stevens, important fisheries have continued to experience catastrophic collapses, most recently the California groundfish Fishery, which includes rockfish and lingcod.
The proposed legislation significantly strengthens the Magnuson-Stevens Act by requiring:
1. That essential fish habitat be protected.
Successful passage of the bill is dependent on getting as many co-sponsors in the House and getting sponsorship of a bill in the Senate.
Certain Representatives and Senators have been identified as possible co-sponsors.
To this end, I am asking you to contact the appropriate California Congressional Representatives and Senator Barbara Boxer. Full information is available below on how to contact them either by phone, mail or email.
Ask that they support and sponsor HR 4046, the Fisheries Recovery Act!
Links with more information about the bill are available on the Network's web page, www.conservefish.org.
Link addresses are listed below for Representatives.
Thank you for your support.
Pass this along to a friend.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
e-mail- go to: http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/
Hart Senate Office Building
Telephone: (202) 224-3553
Local San Francisco Office
1700 Montgomery Street
Anna Eschoo (D-CA, Northern Silicon Valley)
e-mail, go to: http://www-eshoo.house.gov/IMA/get_address.htm
205 Cannon House Office Building
Telephone: (202) 225-8104
Palo Alto Office
698 Emerson Street
Telephone: (650) 323-2984
George Miller (D-CA, Contra Costa, Southern Solano)
2205 Rayburn House Office Building
Telephone: (202) 225-2095
1333 Willow Pass Road
Telephone: (925) 602-1880
Tom Campbell (R-CA, Southern Silicon Valley)
2442 Rayburn House Office Building
Telephone: (202) 225-2631
910 Campisi Way, Suite 1C
Telephone: (408) 371-7337
Santa Cruz: (831) 438-4819
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, San Francisco)
2457 Rayburn House Office Building
Telephone: (202) 225-4965
450 Golden Gate Ave., 14th Floor
Telephone: (415) 556-4862
Mike Thompson (D-CA, Mendocino, Napa and Northern Sonoma, California)
415 Cannon House Office Building
Telephone: (202) 225-3311
317 3rd Street, Suite 1
Telephone: (707) 269-9595
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA, Sonoma and Marin California)
439 Cannon House Office Building
Telephone: (202) 225-5161
Santa Rosa Office
1101 College Avenue, Suite 200
Telephone: (707) 542-7182
Representative not listed? http://www.house.gov/writerep/
-- Text of Bill H.R. 4046
Summary of Bill
A News Article about Bill
The Precautionary Principle
Links to pages discussing the Magnuson-Stevens Act