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8/1/2014 6:00:00 AM
Gosar's fisheries bill clears first hurdle
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.
By Hubble Ray Smith
Miner reporter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee passed a bill to protect national fish hatcheries such as the one at Willow Beach, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said Thursday.

Gosar sponsored the Fish Hatchery Protection Act that would protect vital recreational fishing industries that provide jobs and revenue for rural communities.

He said he was pleased the committee agreed that only Congress should authorize termination of fish hatchery programs such as trout restocking from Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery.

"From recent testimony that we have heard from the Fish and Wildlife Service, it is clear that they have acted poorly by not offering a public comment period and did not consider job losses or associated economic impact before terminating important recreational fishing programs," Gosar said in a prepared statement.

Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius traveled to Washington to testify before the committee.

In November, the Fish and Wildlife Service changed priorities for five different propagation programs and announced its intent to close those programs and possibly hatcheries throughout the nation in 2015.

Further congressional action is needed before the bill becomes law.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Article comment by: fishrdan ....

Great work Paul Gozar and Hildy Angius, it's much appreciated!

For all you nay-sayers complaining about our tax payer dollars being spent on trout production (TROUT that bring money into Mohave county), you seem to miss the fact that those exact same tax dollars are now being spent to raise endangered fish. Endangered fish that no one really cares about, no one except the eco-freaks.

The USFWS is now funneling all of Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery's funds, "tax payer dollars", into endangered species! The enviro-nutters have taken over and what used to be a facility built for the sole purpose of raising rainbow trout, has now been transformed into a facility for the sole purpose of raising endangered species. This is "Hope and Change" for you my friends,,, hope and change...

Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"It's tax payer subsidized. How is that anything good."

Right...exactly. Just like gas tax to pay for road work. Hey, I don't drive on THOSE roads, why should I help pay for them.
I don't have kids...why should I help pay for schools?

Ever heard of common good?

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: joker wilde

Speaking of taxpayers, did Mohave County taxpayers pay for Hildy's jaunt to D.C.? If we did, for shame Hildy.

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: Job Legislation

Okaaaay. Now when are you going to introduce bills that create an environment to add meaningful jobs to our area.

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: Rick Sherwood

I don't see how anyone thinks this is a good thing. It's tax payer subsidized. How is that anything good. If this benefits the River ciities and Fishermen then let them pay for it. User fees, come on people this is nothing more than taxation, something that Hildy ran against, remember? Now her tune is tax everyone to pay for a few that benefit.

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: Ready Socialism

Socialism for fish. A top priority for the Clown Car House of Representatives. If you believe your own rhetoric why not let the State take its over, or better yet, the private sector. Why should our taxes pay for fish?

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

Yes, thank you both Dr. Gosar & Hildy for stopping the bureaucrats @ BLM from thwarting the will of the people. I really appreciate your efforts to monitor what the bureaucrats in federal agencies do. They make decisions and answer to no one unless challenged.

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: dv s

Keep up the good work...
And thanks...

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