Immediately following today’s House Committee on Natural Resources oversight field hearing in Alpena, Reps. Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Bruce Westerman (AR-04), along with Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01), issued the following release:
“I was honored to welcome Congressman Westerman to Michigan’s First District as we work to address the important issue of cormorant management. Based on a 2016 court order, Michigan, along with 23 other states are prohibited from controlling these invasive birds, leading to a troubling situation for our Great Lakes fisheries and many inland lakes throughout the state. Today’s hearing shed even more light on the need for proper management, and the importance of passing H.R. 4429, the Cormorant Control Act,” said Bergman.
Rep. Bruce Westerman, Oversight Chairman on the House Natural Resources Committee said: “Aquaculture is a driver of the Arkansas economy, but threats persist nation-wide that must be remedied. When the Fish and Wildlife Service is deprived of the scientific management tools to properly manage certain migratory bird species like the double-crested cormorant, their overpopulation threatens fish stocks, local jobs, and our nation’s food supply. We visited Michigan today to hear from some of the people who are most impacted by the mismanagement of these birds, and to learn how Congress can best protect fish stocks across both in the Fourth District of Arkansas and across the country. I thank Congressman Bergman for his leadership on this issue and I look forward to our continued work back in Washington.”
Congressman Rob Bishop, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources stated:
“If the federal government is serious about better managing the land under its care, it should take seriously the input from constituents and stakeholders directly affected by its decisions. I’m grateful for Rep. Bergman’s willingness to host this field hearing, and his leadership to the 1stdistrict in Michigan. I would also like to thank Rep. Westerman for presiding over the hearing and for bringing his perspective as a Member who successfully dealt with this issue in his district and state. This field hearing provided an important forum for local input that will help Congress improve our natural resources.”