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May 27, 2015

Dear Members of Congress:

As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), we appreciate the opportunity to express our view on H.R. 1335, Congressman Don Young’s bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Because of provisions that ultimately would weaken the law and revert to past fishery management practices that proved unsustainable for our nation’s valuable commercial and recreational fisheries, we urge you to vote NO on this bill when it is considered on the House floor. The MSA has a strong track record in rebuilding depleted fisheries and ending overfishing. H.R. 1335 rolls back key requirements in the current law responsible for this success and threatens hard-earned economic and ecological gains.
E2 is a non-partisan, national community of business leaders who promote strong environmental policy to grow the economy. We are entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who collectively have been involved in financing, creating or working in the early development of more than 1,700 companies, which have created over 570,000 jobs. Our members know that smart ocean stewardship is essential to a strong economy. America's oceans, coasts and Great Lakes directly support millions of jobs and contribute almost twice the economic output as the entire farm sector.[i]  The economic output of these valuable resources is greatly threatened without sustainable management policies.
Thanks to conservation mandates added to the MSA during the 1996 and 2006 reauthorizations, many ocean fisheries around the country have recovered and are again playing a critical role in coastal economies. The number of overfished fish stocks and stocks subject to overfishing has been cut by more than half, U.S. seafood landings set a 14-year record in 2011 (with a value of more than $5 billion), and recreational fishing trips in the last decade were up 30% from trips in the 1990s.[ii] The MSA's requirement to rebuild depleted fisheries in as short a time period as possible, which should not exceed ten years (with limited exceptions), has been particularly effective. Nearly two-thirds of fish stocks put in rebuilding plans have either rebuilt to healthy population levels, or have made significant rebuilding progress, providing estimated commercial dockside revenues of $585 million annually—92% higher (54% when adjusted for inflation) than before the rebuilding plans.[iii] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has estimated that the complete rebuilding of all U.S. stocks will ultimately produce as much as $31 billion in total sales impact and 500,000 jobs.[iv]
We consider the MSA a strong example of successful bipartisan policies. Therefore we are highly concerned about the drastic alteration of current law proposed in Representative Young’s bill. These changes include removing rebuilding timelines through a number of broad exceptions, as well as removing the current mandate to prioritize rebuilding and long-term economic benefits over short-term economic gain.  H.R. 1335 also eliminates the requirement for annual catch limits and accountability measures for hundreds of fish stocks, including stocks that are overfished or subject to overfishing. We are concerned that this weakening of the law will result in a return to boom-and-bust fishing, and derail the progress we have made in building up the long-term economic value of the country's ocean fisheries.
The last two reauthorizations of the MSA have contributed to significant improvements in our fishing and coastal economies. We urge you to stay the course, to support sensible and sound fisheries management policies, and to reject efforts to undermine the progress made in this nation's fisheries management to date. Doing so will continue to pay dividends to the U.S. economy in perpetuity.
We appreciate your attention to this critical issue.

Curtis Abbott (California)
CEO, Lucesco Lighting Inc
Maryvonne Abbott (California)
Dan Abrams (California)
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Clifford Adams (New York)
Managing Director, Coady Diemar Partners
Jay Baldwin (California)
Partner, Wind River Capital Partners, LLC
Kathy Barry (California)
Private Healthcare Pracitioner
Caroline Bauhaus (California)
Education Consultant, Equity & Access
Mark Bauhaus (California)
Partner, Just Business
Elizabeth Bekiroglu (Washington)
Associate General Counsel, Seattle Genetics, Inc.
Dave Belote (Virginia)
Managing Partner & CEO, DARE Strategies LLC
Jeff Bennett (Colorado)
Founder, Big Kid Science
Lisa Bennett (Colorado)
Laura Berland (California)
Greenlots - electric vehicle charging
Eric Berman (Washington)
President and Co-Chair, E8 Angels
Luann Berman (Washington)
Tony Bernhardt, PhD (California)
Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Aron Bernstein (Massachusetts)
Professor of Physics, MIT
Maureen Blanc (California)
Barbara Blumenthal (New Jersey)
President, Blumenthal Consulting LLC
Melissa Booth (North Carolina)
David Bowen (California)
Eric Bowen (California)
Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Legal Affairs, Renewable Energy Group
Bill Boyk (Oregon)
CEO/Founder, GyroVolts by Ameristar Solar, LLC
Diane Boyk (Oregon)
Reid Buckley (California)
Partner, Orion Renewable Energy Group
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Bob Burnett (California)
Retired, Cisco Systems
Dianne Callan (Massachusetts)
Independent Legal Consulting, Green Tech Legal
Hamilton Candee (California)
Partner, Altshuler Berzon LLP
Peter Carson (California)
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Hampton & Richter LLP
Priscilla Carson (California)
Pete Cartwright (California)
CEO, Avalon Ecopower
Roger Choplin (California)
Proprietor / Owner, Our Earth Music, Inc.
Brooke Coleman (Washington)
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Simone Coxe (California)
Catherine Crystal Foster (California)
Andrew Currie (Colorado)
Investor, Active Minds LLC
John Cusack (New York)
Financial Services Risk Management, Maplecroft Limited
Mary Ann Cusenza (California)
Independent Consultant for high tech and cleantech companies
Rick DeGolia (California)
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Andrew Deitz (California)
CEO, Verdical
Michael Delapa (California)
DeLapa Consulting
Chris Dennett (Oregon)
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Heather Dennett (Oregon)
Kaiser Permanente
Ted Driscoll (California)
Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures
Tim Dwight (Iowa)
Business Development, Integrated Power Corporation
Robert Earley (New York)
Principal, Armor Capital
Lynn Feintech (California)
Anne Feldhusen (California)
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
David Fischer (Massachusetts)
Partner, Gold Hill Capital
Malcolm Fleming (Colorado)
Town Administrator, Erie Colorado
Jon Foster (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Zoox
Chris Fowle (New York)
VP, Investor Initiatives, CDP
Karen Francis (California)
CEO, Academix Direct, Inc
Nell Freudenberger (New York)
Bonnie Gemmell (California)
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell (California)
Addwater Marketing, Addwater Marketing
Nancy Gail Goebner (California)
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Susan Goldhor (Massachusetts)
Biologist, C.A.R.S.
Connie Greenfield (Connecticut)
Stewart Greenfield (Connecticut)
Chairman, Alternative Investment Group
Kate Greswold (California)
Manager, TOSA Foundation
Eric Grunebaum (Massachusetts)
Principal, Bequia Securities
Tom Haggin (California)
Vicki Haggin (California)
RJ Harrington (Colorado)
President, Sustainable Action Consulting, PBC
Berl Hartman (Massachusetts)
E2 New England Chapter Director, Hartman Consulting
Hyman Hartman (Massachusetts)
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tom Haslett (Massachusetts)
TILT Investment Management
Sheryl Heckmann (California)
Shiela Hingorani (California)
First Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Robin Hruska (Washington)
Charlene Kabcenell (California)
Former Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Derry Kabcenell (California)
Former Executive Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Christopher Kaneb (Massachusetts)
Principal, Catamount Management Corporation
Maggie Kaplan (California)
Founder and Executive Director, Invoking the Pause
Bob Keefe (California)
E2 Executive Director
Arthur Keller (California)
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Marie Kent (Oregon)
Office Manager, The Oregon Service Center
Charly Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder & Investor, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
David Kolsrud (South Dakota)
President, DAK Renewable Energy
Catherine Korsant (Florida)
Philip Korsant (Florida)
Managing Member, Korsant Partners
Pete Krull (North Carolina)
CEO & Director of Investments, Earth Equity Advisors, LLC
DC Kuhns (Delaware)
CEO, Executive Director, Founder, EDEN Delmarva
Jessica Langsam (Massachusetts)
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Mark Liffmann (Washington)
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Clean Power Research
Paul Logan (New York)
Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
Teresa Luchsinger (California)
Tracy Lyons (California)
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Ryan Martens (Colorado)
Founder, Rally Software Development
Wynn Martens (Colorado)
Outreach, University of Colorado
David Miller (Massachusetts)
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Karen Miller (Massachusetts)
President, Belly Shmooze
Kate Mitchell (California)
Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Wes Mitchell (California)
Board Member, Foto Forum, SFMOMA
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
David Moyar (New York)
President & CEO, MEI Hotels Inc.
Liz Muller (California)
Principal, Liz Muller & Partners
Susan Nedell (Colorado)
E2 Rocky Mountains Advocate
Carl Nettleton (California)
President, Nettleton Strategies LLC
Armand Neukermans (California)
Founder, Xros
Eliane Neukermans (California)
Al Nierenberg (Massachusetts)
President, Evergreen Consulting & Training
Tori Nourafchan (California)
Graham Noyes (California)
Managing Attorney, Noyes Law Corporation
Anne O'Grady (California)
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
Larry Orr (California)
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Michael Brian Orr (Washington)
Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe Systems
Lyn Oswald (California)
Patricia Pacelli (New York)
Carl Page (California)
Board Member, Apparent Energy
Jim Panttaja (California)
R&D Advisor, Conversa Health
Mary Panttaja (California)
Vice President, Product Management, RebelVox
Peter Papesch (Massachusetts)
Architect, Papesch Associates
Ga-Young Park (Illinois)
Director, Cyclone Energy Group
Jen Parker (California)
CEO, Canopy Cards
Vic Parker (California)
Managing Director, Spectrum Equity
Jim Patton (California)
Senior Director - Global Trade Compliance, Apple
Tammy Patton (California)
Christopher Pribe (California)
Ingrid Rasch (Washington)
Board Chair, Earth Economics
Jamila Rockette (Colorado)
David Rosenstein (California)
President, Intex Solutions
Joan Rossetti (Massachusetts)
Chair, Environmental Affairs Committee of the Prudential Center Residents' Association
Laurie Rothenberg (New York)
Jacqueline Royce (Massachusetts)
Independent Scholar
Paul Salinger (California)
VP, Marketing, Oracle
Ella Saunders (Massachusetts)
Tedd Saunders (Massachusetts)
CSO, The Saunders Hotel Group
David Schwartz (California)
James Schwartz (Connecticut)
Vice President, Independence Solar
Lauren Scott (California)
Paul B. Scott (California)
Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Transportation Power Inc
Kathleen Scutchfield (California)
Lt Gen (ret) Noman Seip (Virginia)
Owner, NS Solutions, LLC
Reid Shane (California)
Peter Shanley (New York)
Co-Founder, CoverUs
Bob Shatten (Massachusetts)
Principal, Boreal Renewable Energy Development
Rebecca Shaw (California)
World Wildlife Fund
Laura Shenkar (California)
Principal, Artemis Water Strategy
Barbara Simons (California)
Research Staff Member, Retired, IBM Research
Jon Slangerup (California)
Chairman and CEO, American Global Logistics
Sandra Slater (California)
Owner, Sandra Slater Environments
Bryce Smith (Washington)
Level Ten Energy
Matt Stedl (Illinois)
Principal, Tradewind Energy, LLC
Irene Stillings (California)
President, U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce
Ed Supplee (California)
Former CFO, UTStarcom
Sally Supplee (California)
Former Chief Financial Officer
Sven Thesen (California)
Communication & Technology, Better Place
Laney Thornton (California)
The Laney and Pasha Thornton Foundation
Pasha Thornton (California)
Cariad Thronson (California)
CEO, Forefront Marketing & Communications
Robert Thronson (California)
VP Marketing & Business Development, Vigilent
Craig Tighe (California)
Attorney, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Bill Unger (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Amy Van Beek (Iowa)
Co-Founder, Designer, Ideal Energy Inc
Troy Van Beek (Iowa)
CEO, Ideal Energy Inc
Mark Vander Ploeg (California)
Retired, Investment Banker
Alex Wall (Oregon)
Product and Privacy Counsel, New Relic, Inc.
Jeffrey Weiss (Rhode Island)
Member, Clean Energy Venture Group
Dave Welch (California)
President, Infinera Corporation
Heidi Welch (California)
Eric Wepsic (New York)
Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co.
Bonni Widdoes (Massachusetts)
President, Gladden House
Andrew Winston (Connecticut)
Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
Christine Winston (Connecticut)
Tonia Wisman (California)
Erik Wohlgemuth (Oregon)
COO, Future 500
Gary Wolff (California)
Founder, 3E Engineering
George Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Founder and Director Emeritus, The Woods Hole Research Center
Katharine Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Retired Administrator
Vernon Woodworth (Massachusetts)
Consultant, AKFGroup
Carroll Yandell (California)
George Yandell (California)
Director of Real Estate, Nature Conservancy
Mary M. Yang (California)
Former Biotech Co-Founder & President
Daniel Yost (California)
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Stephanie Yulga Deitz (California)
Head of Lower School, Marin Country Day School
Margaret Zankel (California)
Martin Zankel (California)
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel
Zaurie Zimmerman (Massachusetts)
CEO, Zaurie Zimmerman Associates, Inc.

186 members



[i] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) Data 2011. Available at http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/data/enow.; U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Industry Economic Accounts Data, GDP-by-Industry and Input-Output. Available at http://www.bea.gov/industry/index.htm. Please note that these numbers do not include multipliers.
[ii] NMFS, Report to Congress - Status of Fisheries in the United States (January 2001), available at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/statusoffisheries/Archives/StatusofFisheriesReportCongress2000.pdf; NOAA Fisheries, Status of Stocks 2012 - Annual Report to Congress on Status of U.S. Fisheries (UD), available at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/statusoffisheries/2012/2012_SOS_RTC.pdf; NOAA, U.S. seafood landings reach 14-year high in 2011 (September 19, 2012), available at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20120919_fisheries2011report.html; NOAA, Office of Science and Technology, Recreational Fisheries Statistics Queries, available at http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/recreational-fisheries/access-data/run-a-data-query/queries/index (accessed 1/9/14)
[iii] NRDC, "Bringing Back the Fish" (2013), http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/rebuilding-fisheries.asp.
[iv] See, e.g., NOAA, "Annual NOAA report shows record number of rebuilt fisheries," May 14, 2012, http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20120514_statusofstocks.html

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