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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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ocean bubbles

The 2,600 anglers who recently participated in the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) FishSmart South Atlantic Red Snapper and Red Drum Conservation Effort programs reported taking action to increase fish survival rates through the use of descending devices for red snapper, and short leader circle hook rigs for red drum. Apart from the measurable results, participants helped to focus attention on the viability of descending devices as a tool for fisheries management. The three-year program, made possible by ASA’s conservation funding arm the…

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Recover America's Wildlife Act

As many as one-third of America’s wildlife species need urgent conservation action.  States have identified more than 12,000 at-risk species requiring conservation and monitoring.  Among the threats America’s native wildlife face include habitat loss, invasive species, disease and climate change. What it means: Currently, 80% of the funding for state wildlife agencies comes from state hunting and fishing licenses and permits, as well as federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing gear.  While this funding model has worked well for…

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Far too common place, neither digital, nor paper maps show important information about public access easements that allow you to get to where you want to go without worrying about trespassing on private property or straying into a Marine Protected Area.  If the challenge of poorly designated property lines on many maps weren’t bad enough, many states place the responsibility on the recreationist to know what kind of land is under their feet, or water under their boat. The big…

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