Fighting for RI fisheries
To the Editor:
Candidate for the Second RI Congressional District Sal Caiozzo recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he advocated for the Magnusson Stevens Fisheries Conservancy Act on behalf of Rhode Island fisherman before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
First enacted in 1976, the act fosters long-term biological and economic sustainability of our nation's marine fisheries out to 200 nautical miles from shore. Prior to 1976, waters beyond 12 miles were international waters and fished by other countries. The purpose of the act is to prevent over-fishing, rebuild over-fished stocks, increase social and economic benefits and ensure a safe and sustainable supply of seafood.
No current member of the RI delegation was in attendance. Even though Caiozzo is not yet in office, he was there fighting for the future. The fishing industry is a Rhode Island staple. Caiozzo believes the experience went well. He believes the current administration will make things better for the fishermen, but a lot more needs to be done. Ninety percent of seafood is imported, two percent of that is checked and 60 percent of that is discarded.
Food safety is imperative! It is a fact. "We don't need tainted food in our country," according to Caiozzo. "We need to take care of our consumers!"
"Keep in mind, also," adds Caiozzo, "imported seafood is largely grown overseas in deplorable conditions."
Russell E. Gundlach