The MODERN FISH ACT (included in H.R. 200/S. 1520) will make critically IMPORTANT CHANGES to federal fishing regulations. The legislation is supported by every major angling, conservation, tackle and boating organization in the fishery arena, and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation tomorrow. Your elected officials need to hear from anglers in support of a bill that will:
- Allow for recreational fisheries to be managed using more appropriate management tools
- Modify the annual catch limit requirement to allow for more adaptive approaches
- Require managers in the southeastern U.S. to perform long-overdue examinations of fishery allocations, based on modern criteria
- Limit the spread of catch share programs that have negatively impacted anglers and fishing communities
- Promote consideration of new data collection methods that could improve fisheries management and conservation
- Ensure exempted fishing permits help fisheries management and conservation — rather than the status quo which can hinder both
While the legislation has broad bipartisan support, it is under a constant stream of disinformation from those who prefer the status quo of an outdated commercial fisheries management law. Click HERE for an excellent editorial published today by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation that sets the record straight on the Modern Fish Act and then use this LINK TO ASK YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS to support a new era in fisheries management.
Time is critical – the Modern Fish Act will be heard in Senate Committee TOMORROW so make your voice heard – Click HERE to make a difference for the future of our fisheries.