R 410
97-H 7047
Passed in House
Jun. 27, 1997

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N


WHEREAS, Sustainable fisheries and productive aquatic environments are essential to ensure an adequate supply of wholesome fish and seafood for consumers; and

WHEREAS, An adequate supply of fish and seafood contributes significantly to the health, nutrition and quality of life of consumers and to the economic well-being of the nation; and

WHEREAS, Many people are employed in the fisheries and these fisheries are important to all Americans, including commercial fishermen who fish for consumers, recreational fishermen and those who fish for personal consumption; and

WHEREAS, Maintaining sustainable fisheries and productive aquatic environments requires effective fishery conservation, sound fishery management programs and adequate scientific research in support of these programs such as those provided by the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other fishery laws; and

WHEREAS, The Code of Conduct For Responsible Fisheries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations sets forth voluntary standards of behavior for officials and individuals interested in promoting the conservation of fishery resources and aquatic environments; and

WHEREAS, Fisheries are diverse and the effective implementation of this Code and fishery laws depends upon the responsible actions of all members of the U.S. fish and seafood industry including fishermen, aquaculture producers, processors and marketers of domestic and imported products; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Signatories of this Declaration agree to abide by the following Principles, encourage all members of the U.S. fish and seafood industry to do the same, and to work together in the fulfillment and implementation of these Principles:

Principles For Responsible Fisheries

As a member of the industry, I will ----

As a fisherman, I will ----

As a commercial aquaculture producer, I will ----

As a processor, I will ----

As a marketer, I will ----

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby requests the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council and the Rhode Island Seafood Council to adopt the principles for responsible fisheries.

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council, c/o R.I. DEM, Government Center, 4808 Tower Hill Road,
Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879-1900 and the Rhode Island Seafood Council, Main Street, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879.

As always, your comments concerning this page are welcomed and appreciated.

Thank you for stopping by!