Industry welcomes passage of Great American Outdoors Act
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The recreational fishing industry in the US has welcomed the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) – a legislative package to fund access to and maintenance of the nation’s public lands – by the House of Representatives this week.
The Bill has now been sent to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.
“Public lands are critical for providing recreational fishing opportunities throughout the nation,” said Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “The GAOA will provide long overdue funding to benefit current and future public lands at local, state and federal levels. Enactment of this historic legislation will benefit recreational fishing and outdoor recreational for decades to come.”
“Hunting and fishing are incredibly important to Missouri’s heritage and way of life,” said Johnny Morris, conservationist and founder of Bass Pro Shops. “In order to pass these traditions down to our children and grandchildren, we need sound conservation policies like those in the GAOA.
“We at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and Tracker Boats thank Missouri’s members of Congress for their support of this incredibly important legislation, which will help conserve and maintain the nation’s public lands for the benefit of current and future generations.”
“While the passage of the GAOA is an historic moment that warrants celebration, the conservation agenda of Congress is not complete,” warned ASA Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Leonard. “In particular, we call upon the House to quickly take up and pass America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, which has already passed the Senate and supports a wide range of critical fish and wildlife conservation policies.
“The increased visitation to public lands throughout the country during the COVID-19 pandemic reinforces how deeply Americans value the outdoors. We appreciate that during these challenging times, Congress is devoting attention to the incredibly important recreation outdoor sector and working to enhance these opportunities well into the future.”