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Key Committee holds hearing on bills supported by Recreational Boating Industry

by National Marine Manufacturers Association 9 Jul 10:21 PDT
Key Committee holds hearing on bills supported by Recreational Boating Industry © National Marine Manufacturers Association

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Subcommittee recently held a legislative hearing on four key bills supported by the recreational boating industry, including H.R.8704 - a bill that would delay National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) proposed speed restrictions for boats 35-65 feet through 2030 and invest in technologies and efforts that reduce the risk of marine mammal vessel strikes.

Much of the discussion during the hearing focused on the bill Representatives Buddy Carter (R- GA-01) and Mary Peltola (D-AK) introduced last week to prohibit NOAA from issuing a rule that modifies or replaces the current North Atlantic right whale vessel strike reduction rule until 2031. The bill also establishes a grant program for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to work with stakeholders, like the recreational boating industry, to research, test, and deploy marine technologies that reduce vessel strike risk.

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