The following was released by the office of Congressman Walter Jones:
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- August 2, 2011 - Yesterday U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC) introduced legislation to bring sunlight to the proceedings of federal fisheries managers. H.R. 2753 - The Fishery Management Transparency and Accountability Act - would require the federal Regional Fishery Management Councils and the Science and Statistical Committees (SSC) to broadcast their meetings live over the Internet. It would also require the Councils to make transcripts and video/audio recordings of these meetings freely available to the public through their websites for three years after the meetings. Congressman Jones was alerted to the need for this legislation after hearing from fishermen who wanted to follow the Council's proceedings but could not do so due to the time and expense involved with attending in person.