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Headway Made on the Modern Fish Act

Photo: Center for Sportfishing Policy

Photo: Center for Sportfishing Policy

The Center for Sportfishing Policy announced that it updated its Modern Fish Act Progress Report, which grades how the federal government is implementing recreational-fisheries laws.

“The Center for Sportfishing Policy and its partners continue to make progress with NOAA Fisheries on the implementation of the Modern Fish Act,” Jeff Angers, CSP president, said in a statement. “We are encouraged by steps federal fisheries managers have taken to recognize commercial and recreational fishing as fundamentally different endeavors. Nevertheless, challenges remain and not every aspect of this critical law is fully implemented.”

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Although various federal agencies are responsible for its implementation, full implementation of the Modern Fish Act has been interrupted by a government shutdown and the pandemic, CSP said.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the administration to build on the current progress to fully implement the act and secure meaningful management improvements for America’s saltwater anglers,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of government affairs for the American Sportfishing Association.

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