Rep. Jones To Testify On Overfishing

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Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC) is scheduled to testify Wednesday about how to rebuild overfished fisheries in North Carolina and across the country. Jones will focus on the need for flexibility.

Jones recently introduced H.R. 4087, The Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2007. The bill would change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to allow the 10-year time period for rebuilding fisheries to be extended under certain circumstances.

"The Magnuson Act's arbitrary rebuilding schedules are proving harmful to America's commercial and recreational fishermen and the families, businesses and communities they support," Jones said in a press release. "In North Carolina, fishermen's access to two important fisheries - summer flounder and snapper-grouper - are at great risk due to the current rebuilding mandates, but proper flexibility language can provide much needed relief while still rebuilding fish stocks."

The panel is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

You can watch the testimony on the web by clicking here