U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R- Rocky River) joined Reps. Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Fred Upton (MI-06) today in introducing the bipartisan Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act (GLFRA) to authorize funding for important research and monitoring to protect Great Lakes fisheries and the $7 billion of economic activity it supports.
“The Great Lakes are a critical part of Northeast Ohio, not just for recreational purposes, but also for our growing economy,” said Rep. Gonzalez. “I am proud to support this bill to promote cutting edge research and ensure we have the knowledge and tools to keep our lakes and fisheries healthy for generations to come.”
Besides holding 18 percent of the world’s fresh water supply, the Great Lakes support more than 1.5 million jobs and generate $62 billion in wages, much of which is Northeast Ohio based. This bill will put science and innovation at the forefront, by authorizing funding for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Great Lakes Science Center to monitor and assess the health of the Great Lakes fishery, conduct research and investigations on fish habitats and ecosystems, respond to invasive species and use cutting edge tools, equipment and laboratory capabilities to support fishery management.
Other original cosponsors of the bill include Reps. Dave Joyce (OH-14), Jack Bergman (MI-01), Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Paul Mitchell (MI-10), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), and Pete Stauber (MN-08).