Subcommittee Hearing: WOW Legislative Hearing – January 14, 2020

Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324 Presiding: The Hon. Jared Huffman

On Tuesday, January 14, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife (WOW) will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills: 

  • H.R. 1834 (Rep. Francis Rooney, R-FL) To direct the Secretary of Commerce to issue regulations prohibiting the use of sunscreen containing oxybenzone or octinoxate in a National Marine Sanctuary in which coral is present, and for other purposes. “Defending Our National Marine Sanctuaries from Damaging Chemicals Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 2236 (Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-MI) To improve the management of forage fish. “Forage Fish Conservation Act.”
  • H.R. 4679 (Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-SC) To require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report examining efforts by the Regional Fishery Management Councils, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the National Marine Fisheries Service to prepare and adapt United States fishery management for the impacts of climate change, and for other purposes. “Climate-Ready Fisheries Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 4723 (Rep. Jared Huffman, D-CA) To require the identification of salmon conservation areas, and for other purposes. “Salmon Focused Investments in Sustainable Habits Act of 2019” or “Fish Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 5126 (Rep. Garret Graves, R-LA) To require individuals fishing for Gulf reef fish to use certain descending devices, and for other purposes.“Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2019” or “DESCEND Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 5548 (Rep. Jared Huffman, D-CA) To improve the Fishery Resource Disaster Relief program of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and for other purposes. “Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act.”

The current committee schedule can also be found by visiting the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee Repository at

Witness List

Panel I: Congressional Sponsors

Representative Francis Rooney (H.R.1834)

Representative Debbie Dingell (H.R. 2236)

Representative Jared Huffman (H.R. 4723, H.R. 5548)

Panel II: Administration

RDML Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret. (testimony)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Deputy NOAA Administrator

Washington, D.C.

Panel III: Experts

Frankie Myers (H.R. 5548) (testimony)

Vice Chairman

Yurok Tribe

Klamath, CA

Matthew Clifford (H.R. 4723) (testimony)

Staff Attorney, California Water Project

Trout Unlimited

Emeryville, CA

Kellie Ralston (H.R. 1834, H.R. 2236, H.R. 4679, H.R. 5126, H.R. 5548) (testimony)

Southeast Fisheries Policy Director

American Sportfishing Association

Tallahassee, FL

Andre Monette (H.R. 4723) (testimony)

Managing Partner

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Washington, D.C. office