Congressman Rooney votes against bill that would harm Florida’s fishing industry
Washington, D.C. – Last evening, Congressman Rooney voted against H.R. 200 - Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. The bill would have diluted the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act (MSA), which would have the effect of overfishing and depleting fish populations.
Congressman Rooney stated, “H.R. 200 is a bad deal for Florida and will lead to a reversal of the progress we have made in restoring fish populations and ensuring a healthy commercial fishing economy. The MSA, which has successfully brought back 44 fish populations from overfishing, will be adversely impacted by this bill and lead to weakened conservation measures – measures which support science-based fishing catch limits that have proven effective. Finally, the bill is opposed by a broad coalition of over 1000 commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, conservation groups, business groups, restaurant associations, and scientists. Florida, and coastal regions across the country, depends on healthy oceans and increasing fish populations for a successful economy – H.R. 200 undermines one government program that is actually working.”