American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act

Floor Speech

Date: April 26, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BENTZ. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of S. 497, the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act, introduced by Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska.

This legislation is simple: It directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to reestablish an American Fisheries Advisory Committee for the purpose of selecting grant projects that meet the research needs and priorities of the commercial fishing industry.

This committee will include a board of experts, with members chosen regionally and across all sectors of the fishing industry, and will help provide significant input on how research grants will be focused on fishing communities.

One goal of this bill is to keep fishing communities healthy and viable through local collaboration. I urge my colleagues to support this bill, which was introduced in the House our late colleague, Representative Don Young, and commend Representative Young and Senator Sullivan for their efforts.

Madam Speaker, I urge adoption of this bill, and I yield back the balance of my time.