Date: 7/11/18 11:16 am
From: Patrick Comins via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Eastern CT, ACTION ALERT Now!
Hi Nick:
We just learned that Congressman Courtney is the only member of the CT delegation that is in favor of the bill. We are taking action at the urging of many groups and fisheries biologists including the Conservation Law Foundation, National Audubon, Earth Justice, NRDC, Oceana, the Ocean Conservancy and The Pew Charitable Trust.

Some of the points they mention in their fact sheet include:

If enacted H.R. 200 would:

1. Undercut the recovery of depleted fish stocks by riddling the law’s successful rebuilding requirements with loopholes (Section 303)

2. Increase the risk of overfishing, including by exempting potentially hundreds of species from the law’s requirement for science-based catch limits (Section 204)

3. Undermine bedrock environmental laws like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Antiquities Act (Sections 302 & 307)

4. Roll back science-based management and lessen accountability in recreational fisheries (Section 203)

5. Complicate management efforts to collect data about and reduce bycatch for many recreational fisheries (Graves Amendment 094)

I will also send you the fact sheet in a separate email.


Patrick M. Comins
Executive Director, The Connecticut Audubon Society

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From: Nick Bonomo [mailto:<nbonomo...>]
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:44 PM
To: Tom Andersen <tandersen...>; Patrick Comins <pcomins...>
Cc: CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: Eastern CT, ACTION ALERT Now!


Could we please have some data behind your plea?

Or at least point us in the direction of both arguments?

I am uncomfortable calling anyone about this by simply taking CAS’s word on it.

Thank you,

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 11, 2018, at 1:20 PM, Patrick Comins <tandersen...><mailto:<tandersen...>> wrote:

A bill in the U.S. House will be harmful to Connecticut's birds.
The planned June 26 vote was postponed until TODAY!

Read below and if you are in Rep. Courtney's district, please call and urge him to vote NO!

Wednesday, July 11 – A bill being voted on TODAY by the U.S. House of Representatives has the potential to do great harm to birds in Connecticut and beyond.

The bill is H.R. 200. It would change the very successful Magnuson-Stevens Act to allow fishermen to take more fish than the law currently allows.

Four of Connecticut's House members are planning to vote NO, which we think is the right call. Those four are Representatives DeLauro, Himes, Esty, and Larson.

It is our understanding that Representative Joe Courtney is in favor of the bill.

If you live east of the Connecticut River, you are most likely in Rep. Courtney's district. Click here to see a map<> of his district.

Please call the House of Representatives, ask for his office, and politely tell them that you want him to vote NO!

202 224-3121

H.R. 200 could lead to long-term drops in the number of birds that rely on fish as a primary food source.

Birds such as loons, herons, egrets, Ospreys, and Bald Eagles, which have become such an important part of Connecticut's environment in recent years.

When you call, here's what to say:

Please vote no on H.R. 200. The Magnuson-Stevens Act is working. Fish populations are larger than they have been in decades. This is because of the science-based management required by the act.

The changes will undermine science-based management.

The number of fish allowed to be caught will rise and will no longer be based on scientific data.

The fishing industry is important, but birdwatching and wildlife observation is important to the economy too.

In Connecticut alone, 1.2 million people watch birds and other wildlife recreationally. That activity contributes almost $1 BILLION to the state's economy each year.

Please vote NO on H.R. 200.

Please make your voice heard today!

If you're not sure if you are in Rep. Courtney's district, copy and paste this link into your browser:

Type in your zip code. The House of Representative's phone number is near the bottom of the page.

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