The Fishing Communities Coalition (FCC), an association of community-based, small boat commercial fishermen, today urged Congress to reject the President’s proposed cuts to programs that are vital to the viability of the American commercial fishing industry and their communities.

In a letter delivered to lawmakers responsible for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) annual budget, the FCC emphasized that President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request would risk recent progress in halting overfishing and rebuilding overfished stocks: