February 2, 2006
The Honorable Diane Feinstein
The Honorable Barbara Boxer
The Honorable Ron Wyden
The Honorable Maria Cantwell
The Honorable Patty Murray
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs, we are writing to urge you to prevent S. 1549, the Cooperative Hake Improvement and Conservation Act, particularly the current Sec. 5 ("Conservation of Pacific Whiting"), from being enacted into law as it jeopardizes the sustainability of many Pacific groundfish and the profitability of industries dependent on these marine resources.
E2 is a national community of business professionals who support sound environmental policy based on its economic merits. As business leaders, we recognize the huge impact of the fishing industry on our region's economy and the economic benefit of restoring depleted fish populations. A recently released study, Fish Economics: The Benefits of Rebuilding U.S. Ocean Fish Populations, found that the net economic value of rebuilding depleted fish populations is three times the net economic value of allowing those populations to remain at current levels.
As you are likely aware, in July of 2005 Senator Smith introduced S. 1549, which relates to the management of the Pacific whiting fishery. We are particularly concerned about Sec. 5, which would significantly weaken protections for the many species of depleted Pacific groundfish caught as bycatch in the whiting fishery. This is a bad idea, both from an ecological and economic point of view.
At this point in time, seven of the other Pacific groundfish species are classified by the government as overfished. Existing provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act provide a system to end overfishing of these already depleted stocks and to rebuild them as quickly as possible. The Magnuson-Stevens Act also contains a requirement that conservation and management measures must be designed to minimize both incidental catch as well as mortality rates where by-catch is unavoidable. S. 1549, Sec. 5 takes a very different approach; bypassing measures to avoid incidental catch of other groundfish species in an effort to reduce limits on the Pacific whiting catch. S. 1549 would lift protections for groundfish that are intended to prevent overfishing, enable depleted stocks to rebuild and minimize bycatch.
Overlooking the management needs of seven overfished groundfish species in order to increase the volume of the whiting industry sets a dangerous precedent for management of our fisheries and ecosystems. In addition, this approach would have an extremely negative effect on fishermen and others who derive their livelihoods from the harvest of Pacific groundfish. According to data managed by the Pacific Fisheries Information Network, in 2004, the shore-side value of all Pacific groundfish was over four times greater than shore-side value of Pacific whiting alone. In California, the shore-side value of all Pacific groundfish was over 12 times greater.
S. 1549, Sec. 5 outlines provisions that would benefit some fisherman and marine industries at the great expense of many others. Please take a leadership role in preventing these provisions of S. 1549 from being enacted into law, either as stand alone legislation or through re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
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Tony Bernhardt, PhD
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Director, CHARGE ACROSS TOWN
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Barbara Brenner Buder
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CEO, Consuming, Inc.
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