Respicio Requests Status of Indigenous Fishing Rights

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Guam – Senator Rory Respicio has scheduled a status hearing next week Thursday on the status of the rules and regulations to cover indigenous fishing rights, as well as animal quarantine procedures on island.

In a release the Senator notes that more than five years have passed since the enactment of P.L. 29-127, yet the draft rules and regulations have yet to submitted to the Legislature by the Department of Agriculture.

 

It is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture to implement the law and submit draft rules and regs. They were supposed to have done that within 90 days after enactment.

A release quotes the Senator as saying : “Thanks to this law, the Chamorro people are to have special rights to off-shore fishing and harvesting of resources in order to redress historic discriminatory policies.”

READ the release from Senator Respicio below:

Respicio requests status of Indigenous Fishing Rights

June 5, 2014– Senator Rory J. Respicio will hold a status hearing next week on the rules and regulations for Indigenous Fishing rights as well as an overview on animal quarantine procedures on Guam.

Respicio, the Chairman of Committee on Rules; Federal, Foreign & Micronesian Affairs; Human & Natural Resources; and Election Reform, will be conducting a Status Hearing next week Thursday on the status of PL 29-127, pursuant to Indigenous Fishing Rights. Former Senator Judith P. Guthertz, DPA authored P.L. 29-127, which was enacted by a 15-0 override of I Maga’Lahi’s veto on December 22, 2008. It is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture to implement this law and submit draft rules and regulations for consideration by the AAA process within ninety (90) days of enactment into law.

“Thanks to this law, the Chamorro people are to have special rights to off-shore fishing and harvesting of resources in order to redress historic discriminatory policies,” Respicio said. “More than five years have passed, and these draft rules and regulations have yet to submitted to the Legislature by the Department of Agriculture.”

Senator Respicio also will be requesting for an update and overview from the Department of Agriculture on their animal quarantine procedures pursuant to local laws to include their 5-day, 30-day and 90-day programs.

The status hearing will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 beginning at 5:30 P.M., the Legislature’s Public Hearing Room. Written testimony for the hearings should be addressed to Senator Rory J. Respicio, Chairperson, Committee on Rules; Federal, Foreign & Micronesian Affairs, Human & Natural Resources; Election Reform, and may be submitted via email tocor@guamlegislature.org; fax to (671) 472-3547; or hand-delivery/mail to 155 Hesler Place,Hågatña, Guam 96910. The hearings will be broadcast live on MCV channel 117 and GTA channel 21.