Congresswoman Speier Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Call for West Coast Fisheries Disaster Relief
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) on Wednesday released the following statement regarding the bipartisan and bicameral letter sent on behalf of communities affected by the devastating commercial fisheries failures along the West Coast in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In the letter, Rep. Speier and her colleagues underscored the need for Congress to include emergency funding in the final FY2017 appropriations bill to provide much-needed relief for the communities and businesses, which are key to the coastal economies of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.
“Fishing communities up and down the West Coast have suffered lasting economic damage. In my district, the partial closure of the 2015 Dungeness crab season devastated commercial fishermen and local businesses,” Rep. Speier said. “Conditions remain very difficult - this year commercial fishermen are facing the possibility of a very poor salmon season. We need to support our fishing communities to ensure that they can stay in business, recoup their losses, and continue to supply consumers with fresh, delicious and healthy seafood. Providing disaster relief in this year’s budget is common sense.”
The letter is signed by 16 other Members of Congress: Senators Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Patty Murry, Maria Cantwell, and Dan Sullivan; as well as Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler, Don Young, Jared Huffman, Derek Kilmer, Rick Larsen, Mike Thompson, Denny Heck, Suzan DelBene, Salud Carbajal, Anna Eshoo, and Suzanne Bonamici.