Media Advisory: Robert Dooley Testimony to House Natural Resources Committee on State of U.S. Fisheries

May 1, 2019 - Published in News Releases and Advocacy

To: Editors, Reporters and Fishing Industry Stakeholders
From: Leigh Habegger, Exec. Director, Seafood Harvesters of America
Re: Robert Dooley Testimony to House Natural Resources Committee on State of U.S. Fisheries

On Wednesday, May 1 at 2:00 PM EST the House Natural Resources Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee will convene a hearing entitled: “The State of Fisheries.” Full information and a streaming link for the hearing are available here. The hearing will also stream on Facebook:

This oversight hearing will feature two panels, the first to focus on international fisheries issues and the second on successes and challenges in the U.S. fishing industry.

Seafood Harvesters of America board member and lifelong commercial fisherman Robert (Bob) Dooley will provide testimony regarding the U.S. fishing industry, specifically:

  • The success of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s foundational fisheries law;
  • The need to address fishermen-borne costs of federal fisheries observers and how electronic monitoring technologies can help alleviate those costs while improving fisheries management outcomes;
  • The impacts of climate change on our fisheries; and
  • The need to fully fund NOAA operations.

Mr. Dooley’s written testimony as submitted to the Committee is available here.

We appreciate your attention to this hearing and the topics to be addressed. Please let me know if you have questions or require additional information.

Leigh Habegger
(336) 414-2681

The Seafood Harvesters of America represents 17 commercial fishing organizations from the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Mexico and north to New England. Find more at