Thanks to your efforts, the House has passed HR 200, which includes Modern Fish Act provisions. This is a bipartisan step towards advancing recreational fishing policy. Your letters made the difference!
It is now time for the U.S. Senate to take up and pass the Modern Fish Act (S. 1520).
It is imperative that you contact your senators today and strongly urge them to support the Modern Fish Act.
The Modern Fish Act will make critically important changes to federal fishing regulations, including several key provisions that are supported by a broad coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations:
Allows for recreational fisheries to be managed using more appropriate management tools
Modifies the annual catch limit requirement to allow for more adaptive approaches
Requires managers in the southeastern U.S. to perform long-overdue examinations of fishery allocation, based on modern criteria
Limits the spread of catch share programs that have negatively impacted anglers and fishing communities
Promotes consideration of new data collection methods that could improve fisheries management and conservation
Ensures exempted fishing permits help fisheries management and conservation - rather than the status quo which can hinder both