Mismanagement of the Midway Islands by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

The mismanagement of Midway’s Wildlife refuge and National Memorial has caused deterioration to the point where public visitation to Midway has ceased since November 2013 and into the foreseeable future. The Foundation has been focused on rescinding the USFWS’ jurisdiction over the Midway Islands. To this end, on November 20, 2014, Representative Dr. John Fleming (R-LA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on fish, Wildlife, Oceans and insular Affairs called an oversight hearing entitled: “Is the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge being Properly Managed?” The hearing can be viewed here.

In February 2015, Representative Fleming and Representative John Duncan (R-TN) requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) perform a study to investigate the management of Midway’s Wildlife Refuge and National Memorial which is still ongoing. Once the GAO study is concluded, efforts will be made to pass legislation that would effectively remove USFWS’ jurisdiction over Midway.

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