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Mining

The American Sportfishing Association(ASA) today announced its support for two bipartisan bills to help restore land and water surrounding abandoned mines that would otherwise threaten fisheries and nearby communities. The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Amendments Act of 2021 and the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More Act of 2021 (RECLAIM) were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) and Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), and Reps. Cartwright (D-Pa.) and Hal…

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Angler Lacing Up Hiking Boots

As of today, 42 hunting, fishing and conservation organizations have taken a significant step forward for conservation by officially joining as signatories to the “Hunting and Fishing Community Statement on the 30 by 30 Initiative.” The coalition gained 29 new signatories since the coalition’s establishment in October. The “Thirty by Thirty Initiative” (30 by 30 Initiative) seeks to establish a goal of protecting 30% of the planet’s lands and waters by the year 2030 and is linked to global land…

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Fishing Net

Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) reintroduced 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 these types of large mesh gillnets – which are a mile long and indiscriminately catch anything in their path. Last Congress, this legislation received unanimous support from the Senate and passed the House by a…

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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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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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