Making Sense Of The Magnuson-stevens Act | Boating Industry

Jeff Angers of the Center for Coastal Conservation

While we appreciate Chairman Doc Hastings (House Natural Resources Committee Chair, R-WA) interest and efforts in Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization, we would like to have seen more done in this bill to address the needs of the recreational fishing community, said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association. This bill includes several provisions that we support, such as easing the strict implementation of annual catch limits and improving stock assessments for data-poor fisheries, but unfortunately our top priorities are not meaningfully addressed. Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation echoed the thought, saying, Since its inception, the Magnuson-Stevens Act has focused primarily on commercial fisheries to the detriment of the nations 11 million recreational fishermen and the nearly half a million jobs they support, he said. Revising the law in a way that incorporates the goals and needs of anglers is long overdue. Our community has put forward the policy changes that will set the foundation for an effective saltwater fisheries management system, but we needs Congress help by enacting these common-sense and non-partisan policies. After the House committee passed its version of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer said, We share in the disappointment of the entire marine industry. Improving saltwater recreational fisheries management is a serious issue for our industry and for the livelihood of the angling community across the country. A balanced management plan In an exclusive interview with Boating Industry, the Center for Coastal Conservations Angers said the MFCMA reauthorization is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to tweak the management for saltwater fishing to better conserve the resources and give appropriate weight to the recreational saltwater fishing industry, which his organization estimates generates $70 billion in annual economic activity, mirroring the size of the saltwater commercial fishing industry. One major difference between commercial and recreational saltwater fishing in America, he said, is that commercial interests use sophisticated equipment to harvest 98 percent of the fish in American saltwater, while recreational anglers are harvesting only 2 to 3 percent. Original post http://www.boatingindustry.com/news/2014/06/09/making-sense-of-the-magnuson-stevens-act/

Gov. Scott and FWC Announce Saltwater and Freshwater License-Free Fishing Days – Outdoors – Santa Rosa Press Gazette

Weve had a great session and I would like to thank the Legislature for their hard work, Gov. Bobby Jindal said. With their help, we have accomplished new achievements for the people of Louisiana. One of new legislation awaiting Gov. Jindals signature is a bill that would limit where welfare recipients can use federal money. Under the new law people with Louisiana Purchase Cards (Louisiana EBT) would no longer be allowed to use those funds at lingerie shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors and any business with an age restriction of 18 or older. HB 1176 tightens guidelines on state legislation passed in 2013, which banned the use of EBT cards for alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets. Read more <a href='http://wgno.com/2014/06/03/ebt-card-restrictions-and-saltwater-fishing-license-hike-await-gov-jindals-signature/&#039; more? info… rel=’nofollow’>http://wgno.com/2014/06/03/ebt-card-restrictions-and-saltwater-fishing-license-hike-await-gov-jindals-signature/

EBT Card Restrictions and Saltwater Fishing License Hike Await Gov. Jindal’s Signature | WGNO

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Governor Scott said, Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and fishing is an economic engine for our state, providing jobs from Pensacola to the Keys. These designated license-free fishing days are a great opportunity for Floridians to celebrate summer with their families and loved ones, enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors, cast a line and get hooked on fishing. We hope visitors and residents alike will be able to join in the excitement of Floridas saltwater and freshwater fishing this year by participating in one of our license-free fishing days, said FWC Chairman Richard Corbett. This is an excellent opportunity to share the fun and togetherness of a fishing trip with the entire family or to introduce someone to a lifelong hobby of fishing. These four license-free fishing days fall near National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating, which started June 1 and runs through June 8. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundations http://www.TakeMeFishing.org website is a place to learn about events sponsored by businesses and communities during National Fishing and Boating Week, as well as locating fishing sites, identifying recreational species and finding fishing tips. In conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week and FWCs license-free event is the first-ever KeepAmericaFishing Day on June 7. The first Saturday in September (Sept. For more info, visit http://www.srpressgazette.com/outdoors/gov-scott-and-fwc-announce-saltwater-and-freshwater-license-free-fishing-days-1.328674

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