Sportfishing community lauds bipartisan effort to conserve Gulf reef fish.
Grassroots projects will focus on water quality and aquatic habitat.
Advocates say the growing industry needs adequate infrastructure.
The honors were handed out during the Sportfishing Summit held earlier this month.
Forty industry members attended for the first time.
The National Fish Habitat Through Partnership Act would authorize a public-private partnership to conserve and restore fish habitats.
Sportfishing industry calls this week’s hearings a “significant step” in protecting the forage fish.
The American Sportfishing Association told the U.S. Trade Commission that a reduction in sales would harm conservation.
Two at-large seats and two regional seats were filled.