United States Senate passes Modern Fish Act
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Yesterday was hailed as an important day for America’s 11 million saltwater anglers when the Modern Fish Act was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate.
The legislation, which will significantly improve fisheries data, marks a big step forward for America’s angling community and now moves to the U.S. House for final approval.
“The latest move marks an important day for America’s 11 million saltwater anglers,” said Jeff Angers, President of the Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP). “Senate passage of the Modern Fish Act proved that marine recreational fishing is a non-partisan issue, and anglers are closer than ever to being properly recognised in federal law.”
The Modern Fish Act was introduced in July 2017 and has enjoyed strong support across the aisle from more than a dozen Senate co-sponsors representing coastal and non-coastal states alike. In addition, a coalition of recreational fishing and boating bodies endorsed the legislation and highlighted the importance of updating the nation’s fisheries management system to more accurately distinguish between recreational and commercial fishing.
“We applaud the U.S. Senate for approving this commonsense legislation, which will modernise our federal fisheries management system and protect recreational angling for generations to come,” said Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). “The recreational boating industry – a uniquely American-made industry that contributes $39 billion in annual sales and supports 35,000 businesses – now calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to immediately take up, pass and send the Modern Fish Act to President Trump’s desk.”
“The Senate’s passage of the Modern Fish Act demonstrates a clear recognition of the importance of saltwater recreational fishing to the nation,” said Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “This version of the Modern Fish Act helps to advance many of the collective priorities of the recreational fishing community for improving federal marine fisheries management. There are 11 million saltwater anglers in the U.S. who have a $63 billion economic impact annually and generate 440,000 jobs.”