Magnuson-Stevens Act is expected to go to House floor week of June 1

Posted on May 29, 2015

During the week of June 1, a bill to reauthorize the nation’s primary marine fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, is expected to go to the House floor.  This bill, H.R. 1335 by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) includes several provisions of high importance to the recreational fishing community and could be further bolstered by the inclusion of three key amendments.

 

These amendments will be considered on the House floor and would improve the bill:

  • An amendment by Rep. Wittman (R-Va.) that gives NOAA Fisheries the authority to implement management practices better tailored to the nature of recreational fishing.
  • An amendment by Rep. Graves (R-La.) to transfer management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper to the five Gulf states, which are capable of sustainably managing this fishery while allowing for reasonable public access.
  • An amendment by Rep. Young (R-Alaska) that will improve fisheries science by better incorporating data collected by anglers into management.

 

Vote ‘yes’ on these three amendments, then ‘yes’ on H.R. 1335!

 

H.R. 1335 advances saltwater recreational fisheries management.  The current bill would benefit recreational fishing by:

  • Prompting a transparent and science-based review of fishery allocations in the southeast.
  • Providing limited exceptions for establishing annual catch limits to help ensure important fisheries aren’t unnecessarily closed.
  • Improving recreational data collection through greater involvement of the states.

 

Saltwater recreational fishing has a $70 billion impact on our nation’s economy, supporting 454,000 jobs. Marinas, grocery stores, restaurants, motels, lodges, tackle shops, boat dealerships, clothing manufacturers, gas stations and a host of other businesses and entities benefit from the dollars spent by recreational anglers in pursuit of their sport.