B.A.S.S. online advocacy initiative gains support

A new online advocacy system is being rolled out to enable anglers to call, write, email or tweet their federal officials quickly.
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A new online advocacy system is being rolled out to enable recreational saltwater anglers to easily call, write, email or tweet their federal officials quickly and easily to advocate on behalf of the industry.

The Center for Coastal Conservation is endorsing Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation, which was launched June 1 by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, or B.A.S.S.

“It is more important than ever that America’s 46 million anglers make our voices heard and Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation will make it easy for us to do so,” Center for Coastal Conservation president Jeff Angers said in a statement, calling the new B.A.S.S. initiative “a powerful new advocacy tool.”

“There are 13 million saltwater anglers, 33 million freshwater anglers,” Angers told Trade Only Today in an email. “We are much stronger together.”

“Whether you fish in salt water or fresh water, I encourage you to visit BassforSalt.com today and speak out about the sport we love,” Angers added in the statement.

At BassforSalt.com, fishing enthusiasts can contact their members of Congress by email, phone or via Twitter.

The site provides informational talking points and pre-written materials.

“With Congress considering the Magnuson-Stevens Act — the primary legislation affecting recreational fishing in federal waters — and with Washington imposing unrealistic restrictions on fishing from the Carolinas to Biscayne Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it’s time we as anglers make our voices heard,” Angers said.

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