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Fishing Net

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved by unanimous consent the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which aims to align state and federal policy to support the modernization of California’s swordfish fishery. The California drift gillnet fishery is the last remaining fishery in the country using this type of gear, which are a mile long and indiscriminately catch anything in their path. “The recreational fishing industry is grateful to Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) for their continued…

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Mountain Lake

Wildlife Forever, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and state agencies across the west have aligned efforts to educate boaters about aquatic invasive species (AIS). Through multimedia efforts, the “Clean Drain Dry: Protect the West” campaign has reached over 1.3 million people and counting. The “Clean Drain Dry: Protect the West” campaign is a collaborative effort to stop the spread of AIS by educating boaters about watercraft transportation rules and regulations in western states. The campaign features a…

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Mississippi River

From its headwaters in Minnesota to the deltas of Louisiana, the Mississippi River welcomes millions of anglers every year. But as nitrate runoff and invasive species threaten fisheries throughout the River, the Mississippi needs a total restoration effort to ensure sportfish stay healthy for the next generation of anglers. Last month, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative Act (MRRRI). This bill, modeled on other successful regional restoration programs, will authorize $300 million in federal…

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Saltwater Fish

Yesterday, Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Ed Case (D-Hawaii) introduced the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), America’s primary law governing marine fisheries. MSA has not been reauthorized since 2006. The recreational fishing community commends Reps. Huffman and Case for their thorough approach to drafting the legislation, which included stakeholder roundtables on each coast and the invitation to stakeholders to provide input on the discussion draft of the bill. ”While MSA has made…

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Egret Fishing

Earlier this week, the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a historic piece of legislation to proactively fund state-based conservation, was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and CSC Member Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has been a driving force behind the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act since its inception as a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources. The Blue Ribbon…

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