Portland, OR – Today we met with Senator Ron Wyden after his town hall meeting and we had the opportunity to discuss his position on the Magnuson-Stevens Act. We thanked the senator for his active role in dealing with a number of environmental issues that affect our fisheries and fish stocks.
As commercial fishermen, the state of our federal fisheries is important to us. The Magnuson-Stevens act has rebuilt many depleted stocks, including fish important to us and Oregon’s economy. As such, we need to build on our successes and shift to an ecosystem based fisheries management approach to tackle the challenges facing our oceans.
We applaud the Senator for taking the time to meet with his constituents and for giving everyone the opportunity to voice their concerns and in some cases, have their concerns addressed on the spot. One couple in particular, having to navigate the bureaucratic paperwork nightmare associated with elder-care expressed their frustration of having to provide different variations of their parent’s advance directive form to satisfy different agencies and providers. Senator Wyden wasted no time and put them in contact with his office so that he could organize an effort to create a single federal form to help aid in streamlining the paperwork requirements of elder-care.
It is this type of response and action that has made Senator Wyden one of our key allies in our industry and also a huge benefit to Oregonians as a whole.