House Passes Legislation To Extend Commercial Fishing Vessel Discharge Permit Exemption
Washington, D.C. – Legislation that would extend the time period on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) commercial fishing vessel discharge study passed the House this afternoon by voice vote. H.R. 5301, of which Alaskan Congressman Don Young is an original cosponsor, extends the current moratorium on a permit requirement for commercial and charter fishing vessels and other commercial vessels less than 79 feet long.
“This is an incredibly important issue, especially in Alaska where many Alaskans make their livings as commercial fishermen or running fishing charters, live a subsistence lifestyle, or own recreational boats,” said Rep. Young. “Purchasing permits and refitting boats are an incredible expense that could potentially put commercial fishermen out of business and hurt individual families - especially when the EPA could not handle the flood of permit requests they would get from around the country. I have had a very active part in advancing this bill through the House and look forward to its quick passage through the Senate before the July 31st expiration of the moratorium.”