New Orleans, LA Listening Session

January 30, 2020 4:30 PM

About The Event

Watch Video of the Listening Session Below:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Press Coverage

Guest Column: Keeping Enough Fish in the Sea for Tomorrow's Meal

The Advocate

Keith Heffernan

During the past few months, U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., has been traveling around the country to talk to stakeholders about the MSA. In almost every session, he has heard about the impacts that climate change is having on our fisheries, and almost certainly he will hear similar stories when he appears Thursday in New Orleans with U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge. Equally important will be the message that now is not the time to turn back the clock on our hard-earned success. In the face of climate change, it is imperative that we uphold the MSA’s proven processes to rebuild depleted fisheries and ensure the adoption of the accountability measures that make our system work.

Listen Up Congress: Here's How to Support Louisiana's Working Waterfronts and Local Seafood

The Lens

Ryan Prewitt and Lance Nacio

We see good news on the horizon, though. Congressman Jared Huffman, Democrat of California, is leading the charge in the U.S. House of Representatives to update and reauthorize our nation’s primary federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. As a first step, he is setting up roundtable discussions around the country to listen to people like us who are invested in the management of our oceans and fisheries. Rep. Huffman is right to gather public input about how to manage these publicly owned resources that benefit us all.