Hastings’ Statement on Senate Passage of North Cascades Fish Stocking Bill
Congressman Doc Hastings released the following statement on his bill H.R. 1158, the North Cascades National Park Service Complex Fish Stocking Act, which passed the U.S. Senate last night:
“Senate passage ensures that the time-honored tradition of recreational fishing continues in the lakes of North Cascades National Park. The hundred-plus year practice of fish stocking in these lakes boosts public access, tourism, small businesses, and the local economy. I’m pleased to see the Senate join the support of so many throughout Washington and bring fish stocking one step closer to reality for future generations.
“Enactment of this bill, after many years of effort, is yet another positive sign for other Washington state public lands-related bills. I am optimistic that adoption of this bill, following on the heels of the passage in April of the Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act, is a sign of growing momentum toward possible agreement and resolution on other Washington state public lands bills before the end of this year.”
Hastings’ bill ensures fish stocking continues in certain lakes in the North Cascades National Park Complex. Many of the alpine lakes have historically been stocked with fish since the late 1800s, long before they became part of the National Park System, and are home to many recreational activities that draw Park visitors from around the state, region, and beyond. Without legislative authority, the National Park Service has put an end to this time-honored tradition of fish stocking.
A longtime Central Washington priority for Hastings, the legislation previously passed the House of Representatives in the 111th and 112th Congresses and again passed with unanimous approval in June 2013. Hastings’ bill now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.