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Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on U.S. Fish and Wildlife's decision to reissue permits to operators and employees of fish farms to combat cormorants:

"When I met with Secretary Zinke last year, I told him just how important it was that our state's farmers be able to defend their catfish and other stocks from the army of cormorants invading their farms. Now I'm glad to see the Fish and Wildlife Service is acting on our request. I do think the quota system is too restrictive, and FWS still needs to update its environmental analysis so the courts will restore the two depredation orders for double-crested cormorants on aquaculture facilities and public resources. But this decision is a step in the right direction, and I applaud FWS for injecting some much-needed common sense into our environmental regulations."