Rebuilding thriving fisheries is critical to fish (just ask them!) and to overall ocean health. In that light the conservation-driven 2006 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act was a huge victory. This legislation implemented limits to end overfishing in all U.S. fisheries, established mandatory rebuilding periods, improved innovative catch share programs, and preserved essential habitat.
Today, we’re proud to endorse Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) who was one of the drivers of that reauthorization, and who continues to fight for fish and ocean health. As a powerful Subcommittee Chairman on the Commerce, Justice and Science Committee and the Energy and Environment Committee, Senator Cantwell wields tremendous influence and is in great position to champion strong ocean policy.
In addition to her leadership on Magnuson-Stevens, Senator Cantwell has worked hard to improve the plight of Pacific salmon, helping to deliver funds to improve salmon strongholds and help rebuild the fishery. She’s also fighting to prevent approval of a Bristol Bay mine that could threaten one of the most productive salmon runs in the world. Senator Cantwell has also led efforts to improve water quality and to address marine debris.
“The oceans, coasts, and waters of Washington State have always been of immense importance to our region's identity and our economy," said Senator Cantwell. "That is why we must do everything we can to preserve and protect our natural resources, so that future generations can feel the same connection we do to our state and its waters. I am honored to receive the support of Ocean Champions and I look forward to our continued partnership.“
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