Trump Administration announces huge expansion of fishing access
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A historic move to expand fishing and hunting access in the US has been tabled by the Trump Administration.
The proposal represents the single largest-ever expansion of fishing and hunting opportunities by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
It reaches across more than 2.3m acres at 97 national wildlife refuges and nine national fish hatcheries.
“America’s anglers and hunters now have something significant to look forward to in the Fall as we plan to open and expand opportunities across more acreage nationwide than the entire state of Delaware,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.
In addition to last year’s expansion of 1.4m acres for new and expanded fishing and hunting opportunities, the new rule would bring the Trump Administration’s total expansion to four million acres nationwide.
USFWS Director Aurelia Skipwith said that once the COVID-19 threat has been eliminated, there will be no better way to celebrate than to enjoy the increased access to fishing and hunting on public lands.
“I deeply appreciate everything sportswomen and men do for conservation and our economy, so I am delighted we can do something to expand opportunities for them,” she added.
A 60-day comment period on the proposal began on April 9th.