Amata Original Cosponsor on Fishing Bill

March 12, 2015
Press Release

Fa'asamoa

Pago Pago – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata issued a statement regarding the introduction by Chairman Don Young (AK-At Large) of the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, a bill that would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. “I am pleased to have Representatives Bradley Byrne and Amata Coleman Radewagen as original cosponsors on the bill. I look forward to working with any Member of the House that is interested in reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act,” stated Chairman Young.

The Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act would reauthorize and strengthen the Magnuson-Stevens Act to ensure a proper balance between the biological needs of fish stocks and the economic needs of fishermen and coastal communities. The bill would make a number of improvements to the Act including: provide flexibility for fishery managers when rebuilding depleted fisheries; provide flexibility for fishery managers when setting annual catch levels; provide more transparency for fishermen and others in both science and management; provide a schedule for obtaining better fishery dependent and fishery independent data especially for data poor fisheries; provide greater protection for confidential information submitted to regulatory agencies; encourage and promote cooperative research projects where scientists work with fishermen to develop sound scientific information; allow fishery managers to take the economic impact of their decisions into account when setting harvest levels; allow fishery managers to take environmental conditions into account when establishing harvest levels; allow fishermen in regions where catch share programs have been controversial to have a vote to determine whether a new catch share program will be implemented and to be provided better information when considering such a program; require NOAA to provide better accountability on how fees are collected and used; clarify the role of the Magnuson-Stevens Act in relationship to other federal statutes; and authorize appropriations for an additional five fiscal years at current authorized funding levels.

“As an original cosponsor of this important bill that sets the policy for our nation’s fisheries, I am pleased that we have Chairman Young leading the charge,” said Amata.  “This bill will ensure that there is a proper balance between maintaining healthy fish stocks and the economic wellbeing of our fishermen and communities like American Samoa, who rely upon them,” stated Amata.

 

 

 

Pago Pago –Fa’aulu fa’atasi e Faipule o le Konekeresi o Bradley Byrne ma Aumua Amata le Pili tau Faigafaiva

Sa tu’uina atu se saunoaga a le afioga I le Faipule i le Konekeresi o Aumua Amata

E fa’atatau i le fa’atomuaga a le Ta’ita’i-komiti o Don Young (AK-At Large) i le

Fa’amalosia o Faigafaiva i Atunu’u ma le Fa’amalosia o le Sa’olotoga i le Tulafono o le Fa’afoeina o Faigafaiva, o se pili e toeteuteu ai le Tulafono a Magnuson Stevens mo le Fa’asaoina ma le Fa’afoeina o Faigafaiva. Saunoa Ta’ita’ikomiti Young, “Ua ou fiafia lava i Faipule o Bradley Byrne ma Amata Coleman Radewagen na mua’i fa’auluina le pili. Ou te fiafia lava e galulue fa’atasi ma so’o se Faipule o le

Maota i lenei Tulafono Taufa’aofi.”

O le Tulafono lenei e Fa’amalosia ai Atunu’u i Faigafaiva ma le Fa’ateleina o le Sa’olotoga e Fa’afoe ai e toe fa’ataga ai ma ma fa’amalosia le pili ia mautinoa o lo’o i ai le paleni i le va o mana’oga o I’a ma le tamaoaiga  o tagata faifaiva ma atunu’u e tulata i le talafatai. O le a fa’aleleia e le pili lenei le Tulafono e aofia ai: le sa’olotoga o i latou e taiulu i faigafaiva pe a toe fa’afo’i i tulaga sa masani ai faigafaiva ua fa’aitiitia; e fesoasoani fo’i ia i latou pe a fa’atulaga tulaga o I’a maua i le tausaga; ma ia manino le ‘au faifaiva ma isi o le vaega o su’esu’ega fa’asaienisi ma le pulega o faigafaiva i le tulaga ua i ai faigafaiva; Ia I ai se fa’asologa o fa’amaumauga e fesoasoani ia fa’aleleia atili  e fa’alagolago i ai ma tuto’atasi ae maise lava ma atunu’u e tau le maua fa’amaumauga tau faigafaiva; ia tu’uina atu le puipuiga e sili atu mo fa’amaumauga puipuia e tu’uina atu I vaega fa’atulafonoina; ia u’una’ia poroketi  tau su’esu’ega e galulue fa’atasi ai saienitisi ma tagata faifaiva e atina’e fa’amaumauga fa’asaienitisi fa’atuatuaina; tu’u le avanoa ia I latou e taiulu I faigafaiva e faaaoga le a’afiaga o faigafaiva tau le tamaoaiga o a latou fa’aiuga pe a fa’atulaga le tele o I’a e maua I a latou fagotaga; tu’u le avanoa ia I latou e ulu I ai faigafaiva e faaaoga  tulaga o le si’osi’omaga pe a fa’atulaga I’a e maua I a latou faiva;  tu’u le avanoa I fa’auluuluga o faigafaiva I atunu’u e fete’ena’I porokalama fefa’asoaa’I I I’a maua e palota e iloa ai pe mafai ona fa’atino se porokalama e fefa’asoaa’I ai ma maua fa’amaumauga e sili atu pe a o’o ina Iloilo se porokalama fa’apea; tu’u i le NOAA e saunia se faiga e sili atu  ma maopoopo  mo le aoina ma le faaaogaina o tupe; fa’amanino le fatu’aiga o le Tulafono a Magnuson-Stevens i le va ma isi tulafono a le feterale; ma tu’u le fa’atagaga i tupe fa’asoasoa mo nisi tausaga fa’aletupe fa’aopoopo i le tulaga lea o lo’o fa’atagaina i le taimi nei mo se isi lima tausaga.

Saunoa Amata, “Taluai o a’u o se tasi o faipule sa fa’auluina lenei pili taua e fa’atulaga faigafa’avae mo faigafaiva a lo tatou malo, ua ou fiafia lava ona o le Ta’ita’ikomiti Young lea o lo’o ta’ita’ia le faamoemoe. Taluai o Amerika Samoa ma isi atunuu e fa’alagolago tele le soifua faigafaiva o le a avea  lenei pili ma ala e mautinoa ai o lo’o paleni le fa’atumauina o I’a ma le tamaoaiga a si o tatou atunu’u.”