Coalition backs marine fisheries bill

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Support is growing for legislation to address the "crisis" in federal marine fisheries management as a House version of the Fishery Conservation Transition Act was introduced by members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, a coalition of fishing, boating and industry groups announced.

The legislation mirrors a bill previously introduced in the Senate.

The legislation has the backing of a coalition of recreational angling, boating and industry groups that see a critical need to give federal marine fisheries managers the time, resources and direction necessary to address chronic deficiencies in data collection and science that have plagued federal fisheries management.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is a member of the coalition.

The Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus has nearly 300 members representing all 50 states. It called for legislation that will safeguard the strong conservation standards of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, while addressing "fundamental flaws" within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service, the coalition reports.

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