good news on Capitol Hill for coral reefs
aoctd at mail.wizard.net
Wed Oct 22 11:12:57 EDT 1997
Sorry for any cross-postings.
The U.S. House and Senate have come to agreement on House Concurrent
Resolution 8, the "Coral Reef Protection Resolution of 1997,"
introduced by Congressman James Saxton (R-NJ).
The Resolution expresses the sense of Congress to support and uphold
activities and initiatives aimed at enhancing the health and
stability of coral reef ecosystems. The Resolution in itself does
not legislate substantive coral reef protection or restoration
measures. However, it is a hopeful first step toward securing real
protections for coral reefs in the near future. The full text of
H.C.R. 8 can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery
Other coral reef protection legislation currently pending on Capitol
Hill is H.R. 2233 (also introduced by Rep. Saxton) which establishes
a coral reef conservation fund, and H.Res. 8, a resolution introduced
by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) to promote international efforts to
stamp out destructive fishing practices in coral reef areas.
Both of these bills are currently awaiting passage by the House of
Representatives before moving onto the Senate. Please contact your
Congressperson to let him/her know that it's important that Congress
take action on these bills before the end of this year, the
International Year of the Reef. Call the U.S. Capitol Swithboard to
find out the number for your Rep. at 202-224-3121.
For further information about these bills please feel free to contact
me at aoctd at wizard.net.
American Oceans Campaign
Washington, DC 20002
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