FIO Director Hogarth on Capitol Hill

The former dean of USF’s College of Marine Science talked to a subcommittee about overfishing in U.S. waters.

 

By Vickie Chachere

USF News

 

TAMPA, Fla. (March 8, 2011) - William Hogarth – former dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science and now the director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography – testified before a U.S. subcommittee Tuesday examining the laws designed to protect against overfishing in U.S. waters.

 

The testimony before the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard is familiar territory for Hogarth, who was the federal government’s Assistant Administrator for Fisheries and Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service from 2000 to 2007.  Hogarth also served as the chairman of the International Whaling Commission.

 

He told the subcommittee Tuesday that the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is working and should not be reopened as some have urged. “Overfishing has or soon will be ended and increased catches should be available,” Hogarth said.

 

Hogarth also noted that USF’s College of Marine Science new fisheries management program is designed to address many of the issues of fisheries assessment. The program, organized in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service, utilizes oceanographic data, and instruments to better understand fish behavior that leads to more precise and timely stock assessments.

 

“The U.S. can be a leader again in fisheries and not rely on importing over 80 percent of our seafood and over 90 percent of our shrimp from foreign countries that do not have as stringent conservation standards as the U.S.,” Hogarth said. “Rebuilt stocks, effective seafood safety and marketing programs, and a robust aquaculture program will realize over $2 billion in increased revenue for our coastal communities economy, increased jobs and increased fishing opportunities for our recreational fisherman.”

To read more from the hearings, click on the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard webpage. An archived webcast of the hearing is here.

Vickie Chachere can be reached at 813-974-6251.