Marine monuments designation statement
16 Sep 2016
The Seafood Harvesters of America have released a statement on the Administration’s Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument designation.
It said that it is disappointed at the chose chosen by the Administration in setting aside the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and declaring the Connecticut-sized marine monument.
The statement read: “Although we applaud the fact that oil drilling will not be allowed in the area covered by the monument, the Administration has chosen to disregard the fact that commercial fishing will also be prevented.”
“MSA Provides a framework that we could have worked within together to prevent drilling and other potentially harmful activities while allowing for continued, well-managed commercial fishing.”
The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument designation means fishermen will be out of the water across vast stretches of traditional fishing grounds.
Representing commercial fishermen all over the United States, The Seafood Harvesters of America said: “Everything we do is in our work as fishermen and in our advocacy for accountable and sustainable fishery practices is based on our nation’s foundational fisheries law, the MSA.”
“Commercial fishing is not a right, it is a privilege… And with privilege comes obligation.”
The statement concluded: “It is a safe day when the creative potential of the MSA is set aside in a unilateral fashion through executive action in favour of a declaration that threatens severe unintended consequences.”
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