Fishing remains key priority for Trump Administration
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Appointments made this week to the US 2019 Regional Fishery Management Council (RFMC) have made it clear that recreational fishing and boating remain key priorities for the Trump Administration.
The announcement by Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, affirms that the Administration remains focused on selecting RFMC appointees who have the ability to balance all factors in complicated fishery management decisions, said a statement from the American Sportfishing Association (ASA).
The appointments include Scott Lenox, Tim Griner, Dr. Tom Frazer, Troy Williamson, Peter Hassemer, Marc Gorelnik, Cora Campbell and Nicole Kimball.
“The RFMC is where the rubber meets the road for federal marine fisheries management, so it’s critically important that the recreational fishing community be well represented,” said Mike Leonard, VP of Government Affairs for the ASA.
Jeff Angers, President of the Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP), added that the appointments were an important step for America’s recreational and boating community. “We appreciate the continued leadership of President Trump and Commerce Secretary Ross on this issue as they ensure that America’s public resources remain a part of our national heritage current and future anglers can enjoy,” he commented.
Decisions made by RFMC members significantly impact the nation’s 10 million saltwater recreational fishermen, who support 472,000 jobs and generate $68 billion in annual sales, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries.