Fishing Reels

The U.S. Senate passed without objection H.R. 5126, Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act). The bipartisan bill requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use while fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico federal waters. The recreational fishing and boating community strongly supports the DESCEND Act, which was coauthored in the Senate…

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Ocean Pollution Kills Fish

Last week, the bipartisan “Save our Seas Act 2.0” was passed and sent to the president for signature. The “Save our Seas Act 2.0” was introduced to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life; it also recognizes this crisis needs to be dealt with on a global scale. The time for action is NOW.  Failure to act could doom the oceans to a future of lifeless and underproducing fisheries, unable to contribute to feeding the…

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Anglers Mending Fishing Net

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906) to phase out large-scale driftnet fishing in federal waters off California. Authored in the Senate by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and in the House by Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), the bill passed the U.S. Senate in July and now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature. The Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act…

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Angler fishing with sunset

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 (S. 1811), which now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has strongly advocated for WRDA 2020, which includes numerous policies that support water quality, aquatic resource conservation and fishing access. “Throughout 2020, it become increasingly apparent that Americans deeply value opportunities to get out on the water,” said Mike Leonard, ASA’s vice president of Government Affairs. “However, a day on…

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Seagull in Harbor

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The Senate’s version of WRDA, the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (AWIA) now awaits a vote.  If this important legislation is not voted on and passed by the end of the month, it will have to start the legislative process from the beginning of the 117th Congress, delaying many important projects by a year, or more. Specifically, this legislation would tackle water quality issues, coastal…

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