Network Applauds Congress’ Support for America’s Working Waterfronts

CONTACT: Jo Knight,

ARLINGTON, VA – The Marine Fish Conservation Network today commended Congress for its hearing today on H.R. 1176, “Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act,” introduced by Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME), which would establish a grant program for coastal communities to improve their local waterfront and shoreside infrastructure.

Robert C. Vandermark, executive director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, released the following statement:

“Coastal fishing communities and working waterfronts sustain multiple industries and a multitude of businesses that make up the social and economic fabric of coastal America. These communities depend on reliable infrastructure to give them sustained access to marine natural resources. Enhancing our waterfronts will ensure these communities – and the livelihoods they support – will thrive for generations to come.

“Representative Chellie Pingree’s bill, the ‘Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act,’ would establish a grant program for commercial and recreational fishermen and other coastal businesses that would allow them to expand their access to the water and pave the way for infrastructure improvements that so many of these communities and businesses rely.

The Network applauds Rep. Pingree’s investment in the future of our coastal communities and working waterfronts. We hope Congress will continue to address the needs of America’s working waterfronts with the next reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, including upholding the science-based conservation measures that ensure American fisheries are healthy and productive.”


The Marine Fish Conservation Network is a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations committed to sustaining fish populations, healthy marine ecosystems, and robust fishing communities. For more information, visit us at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@marinefishcons).