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House Passes Cod Longline Co-Op Bill

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1609, the Longline Catcher Processor Subsector Single Fishery Cooperative Act, by voice vote this afternoon.  Alaskan Congressman Don Young is an original cosponsor of the House bill, H.R. 3910.  This bill would establish a process for certain fishermen to create a cooperative to allocate quotas of Pacific cod among its members.  

Rep. Young's remarks (to view video, click here):

"I rise in strong support of H.R. 3910 (S. 1609).  This is a very important bill to the State of Alaska and to the State of Washington.  I'd like to complement my friend Mr. Larsen for his work on this legislation.  I was originally a co-sponsor of this and this is a much needed bill for the management of fish in Alaska as well as the state of Washington where most of the fishermen do come from.  I'd also like to thank Steny Hoyer, the Majority Leader, for bringing this bill to the floor and making sure it becomes a reality.  This is a bill that was strongly supported by the whole delegation from the State of Washington, from the State of Alaska, Senators as well as House Members.  There was no objection to this legislation and it is an example of how we can work together on an issue that affects both areas. It has been sought after by the industry itself and I want to compliment everybody that worked on this legislation.  I yield back the balance of my time."

S. 1609 is supported by all the current participants in Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands cod fleet, including the six Alaska-based Community Development Quota corporations.  It will now head to the President's desk to be signed into law.

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