Recreational Fishing Alliance supports new Commerce Secretary

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The Recreational Fishing Alliance congratulated newly appointed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr., saying it believes the appointment will enable the industry to move in a more positive direction.

“We’re hopeful that with Secretary Ross’s business experience and President Trump’s leadership the recreational fishing industry will grow and more fishing opportunities will become available,” RFA executive director Jim Donofrio said in a statement.

One of the first issues the RFA would like to see addressed is a reversal of a 2014 repeal of a prohibition on the designation of new marine sanctuaries by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Obama administration had prohibited commercial fishing in the sanctuaries, but allowed recreational fishing to continue.

The group is also concerned about other proposed sanctuaries.

“We’re very optimistic that with Secretary Ross’s guidance we can again start managing our marine resources through a responsible, science-based process that takes all stakeholders into consideration,” Donofrio said.

“The RFA is looking forward to partnering with the administration in this endeavor, and we’re confident we’re going to see some significant improvements as we move forward.”

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