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TELL CONGRESS – PASS THESE IMPORTANT BILLS IN 2018 With the holiday season just ahead and Congress about to adjourn for the year, anglers have an opportunity to push four important pieces of legislation across the finish line. Tell your Senators and Representative that you support these bills and encourage them to support them as well. The Modern Fish Act (S.1520), Help for Wildlife Act (S.1514), Sportsmen’s Act (S. 733) and Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 2773) have all passed…

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NOW IS THE TIME FOR STATE MANAGEMENT The Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery has been plagued by controversy for years – but this year has been different. Through a pilot program, each Gulf state has been able to manage the 2018 red snapper season for private anglers. This has resulted in reasonable seasons and improved data collection across the board. The pilot program ends next year and recreational fishers need a long-term solution to allow states to continue to…

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FEEDBACK NEEDED FROM MEMBERS AND COACHES OF PROGRAMS SERVING HIGH SCHOOL-AGED ANGLERS   New survey now open for responses ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 1, 2018) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), in cooperation with the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), is seeking former and current members, coaches, advisors, volunteers, and sponsors of high school fishing clubs and programs to participate in a nationwide survey. This survey is being conducted by Southwick Associates and all responses…

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Red Tide: Know Before You Go Boca Grande area September 2018. Photo provided by CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. While red tide is affecting some of Florida’s coast, your area may be safe! Because red tide is transient and can shift daily, it’s important to find out local conditions before you head out to fish. To help, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Mote Marine Laboratory have each created useful websites for anglers to check the status of red…

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Most anglers across the country have seen the blooms of blue-green algae that look like guacamole on the water. The official name for these outbreaks is Harmful Algal Blooms – “HABs” for short – and they are occurring with increasing regularity in parts of the country you might not expect. South Florida has experienced multiple blue-green algae blooms in the last couple of years. These blooms could be fueling the current red tide outbreak that has killed thousands of tons of…

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