Commerce Department Announces Regional Council Appointments  Washington, D.C. – July 2, 2018 – On June 27, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the 2018 Regional Fishery Management Council (RFMC) appointments. The recreational fishing community thanks the Administration for considering and appointing many of their preferred candidates. These include: Louis Zimm of California to the Pacific Fishery Management Council; Andy Mezirow of Alaska to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Adam Nowalsky of New Jersey and Anthony D. Dilernia of New York…

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WILD SPOTTER™ A New National Effort to Increase Citizen Science Capacity to Map Invasive Species in America’s Wild Places. White Bear Lake, MN – In partnership with the University of Georgia – Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, USDA Forest Service, and other organizations across the United States, Wildlife Forever has launched a nationwide citizen science volunteer capacity-building program called Wild Spotter.  Designed to help locate and map aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in Wilderness Areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and…

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House Approves Bill to Reduce Sea Lion Predation on Salmon and Steelhead  Bipartisan measure addresses unchecked predation at environmental pinch points in the Columbia River system  Alexandria, VA – June 27, 2018 – The sportfishing industry applauded the U.S House of Representatives passage of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s (R-Wash.) Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (H.R. 2083) by a vote of 288-115. This bipartisan bill will address the growing threat posed to salmon by the presence and predation of…

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Get the Water Flowing Again Every Floridian knows how important the Everglades are. Nowhere else in the world offers so many unique fishing opportunities in a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. However, the Everglades need your help. For years, people have talked about how best to “replumb the Everglades.” Restoring the historic water flows will have tremendous benefits for fishing from Lake Okeechobee south and along both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida. Everyone has seen the massive algae blooms…

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Industry Reinforces Commitment to Conservation Through Renewed FishSmart Program Program aims to increase red snapper, red drum and other South Atlantic species survival rate Alexandria, VA – June 25, 2018 – The American Sportfishing Association – the sportfishing industry’s trade association – announced the launch of a new project to improve the survival of caught-and-released fish in the South Atlantic, as part of the FishSmart program. The new FishSmart Red Snapper and Red Drum Conservation Project seeks to promote best…

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