Date: 7/11/18 11:16 am
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Eastern CT, ACTION ALERT Now!
Patrick,

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

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 11, 2018, at 1:20 PM, Patrick Comins <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:
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> 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.
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> The number of fish allowed to be caught will rise and will no longer be based on scientific data.
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> 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:
>
> https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
>
> Type in your zip code. The House of Representative's phone number is near the bottom of the page.
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