Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations

July 12, 2012
Sinking the Marine Industry: How Regulations are Affecting Today’s Maritime Businesses
On Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations held a hearing titled Sinking the Marine Industry: How Regulations are Affecting Today’s Maritime Businesses. The hearing was held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing addressed federal policy and regulatory impediments for small businesses in the marine industry. This was a wide-ranging discussion, examining regulatory actions by the Department of Labor, the planning and permitting processes for the United States Army Corps of Engineers maintenance of navigable waterways, and intra-state taxation of small businesses. Specifically, the hearing examined these issues in the context of job creation and economic growth within the small businesses segment of the maritime industry.

Opening Statement:

Chairman Mike Coffman (R-CO)

    Witnesses and Testimony:

  • Kristina Hebert, Chief Operating Officer, Ward's Marine Electric, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Mark Ducharme, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Monterey Boats, Williston, FL

  • Captain Steve Engemann, President, Herman Sand and Gravel, Herman, MO

  • Rashid Sumaila, Ph.D., UBC Fisheries Centre, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL), The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Additional Items:

  • Official Hearing Notice
  • Official Witness List
  • Hearing Memo
  • Hearing Video
  • Press Release
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