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Begich Chairs First Hearing of Oceans, Fisheries Subcommittee

Serving Alaskans for the first time as Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, U.S. Senator Mark Begich today hosted a hearing on the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).

“It’s tough to overstate the importance of fisheries in Alaska and I am proud to be the new chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard,” said Sen. Mark Begich. “If today’s hearing is any indication of what’s to come, we can expect continuing and productive discussions on these critical elements of our economy and the future of our oceans.”

The subcommittee heard testimony from witnesses about changes to the MSA and the impacts they are having on our fisheries and the individuals, businesses and communities who depend on them.

“I regularly boast that Alaska has the best managed fisheries in the world and today’s hearing is a reminder to us all that we must balance responsible stewardship of our fisheries for future generations with the needs of individuals businesses and communities who rely on them,” Begich added after the hearing.

At Begich’s invitation the committee heard testimony from Stephanie Madsen, a former chair of the North Pacific Council and current director of the At-sea Processors Association based in Juneau.

Sen. Begich’s opening remarks can be found here.

Video of the hearing can be found here.

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