Environmentalist Skepticism Urged by Exiting MA Congressman
January 8, 2013
From Saving Seafood, a pro-commercial fishing industry newsletter:
Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank leaves office today (January 3) after 32 years in Congress. In his last Saving Seafood interview as a sitting member of Congress, Mr. Frank criticized the policies of some environmental groups as overly rigid, urged lawmakers to listen to fishermen and called for eliminating the 10-year stock rebuilding requirement in the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Congressman Frank, a longtime environmental champion with a 95% voting record rating from the League of Conservation Voters, told Saving Seafood’s Bob Vanasse, “I think Democrats have to reexamine the automatic commitment many of us have to whatever the environmentalists say.”
“Some of my Democratic colleagues have to be persuaded to look more skeptically at the environmentalists,” said Frank, 72, from his office on Capitol Hill.
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