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Resources Committee Holds Hearing On Longline Fishery Co-op

Washington, D.C. - The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing this morning on multiple pieces of legislation including H.R. 3910, the Longline Catcher Processor Subsector Single Fishery Cooperative Act, cosponsored by Alaskan Congressman Don Young.

Congressman Young's remarks as prepared:

"Chairwoman Bordallo, thank you for scheduling a hearing today on H.R. 3910, the Longline Catcher Processor Subsector Single Fishery Cooperative Act which was sponsored by our colleague, Congressman Larsen, from Washington.

"This important legislation would authorize a fishery cooperative for the longline catcher processor subsector of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery.

"On any given year, commercial fisherman land upwards of over 5 billion pounds of fish and shellfish worth over $1 billion off Alaska's shores, of which over $185 million is in Pacific cod alone.  50% of U.S. Seafood production originates in Alaska. Alaska's fisheries account for over 40,000 jobs and are a tremendous economic driver for my State and this nation.

"Alaska's fisheries employ a number of cooperatives that have been largely successful.  In fact, today, Alaska's fisheries are safer than they have ever been and the resources are healthy, having no overfished fisheries.  Alaska's successful management regime is considered a model of sustainability for the world.

"This legislation enjoys unanimous support from the Alaska delegation, and I thank Congressman Larsen for his leadership on this issue and other issues that are so important to my state.

"Thank you Madam Chairwoman."

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