Two national lawmakers have received recognition by the Center for Coastal Conservation (CCC) for their work in support of marine conservation. The CCC's Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) for her efforts over the years, including co-authorship of the Freedom to Fish Act (signed into law as part of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act in 2007).
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) received the CCC's award for Conservationist of the Year in recognition of her longtime commitment, including her successful recent efforts to secure important changes to new marine monuments proposed in the Pacific basin. Her position as chair of the House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife makes her a key player in coastal conservation. The CCC (www.coastalconservation.us) is an advocacy group representing marine recreational fishing and boating interests.