Improving Fisheries Management

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The Center for Sportfishing Policy joined recreational fishing and boating counterparts to release a collection of recommendations to improve the way the country’s federal saltwater fisheries are managed.

The group released “A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for the Next Administration,” a report that highlights the economic value of recreational fishing in coastal waters.

The group maintains that federal management policies are outdated and act as roadblocks to the recreational economy’s upward trend.

“Fishing is a treasured pastime for millions of Americans, and we’ve made strides in recent years demonstrating to federal policymakers that it is a fundamentally different activity from commercial fishing and should be managed accordingly,” CSP president Jeff Angers said in a statement. “The Vision report is intended to help the next administration and Congress foster recreational fishing and the economic and conservation benefits it brings to the nation.”

The report urges the next administration and Congress to enforce the Modern Fish Act, which was signed into law last year.

“As America’s original conservationists, recreational anglers understand the value of healthy and abundant marine resources,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of government affairs for the American Sportfishing Association and chairman of CSP’s government relations committee.

“In this report, we’ve identified several priority issue areas that warrant the attention of federal policymakers, helping to support conservation and public access to those resources,” he said.

Additional contributors to the report include the American Sportfishing Association, BoatUS, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the International Game Fish Association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

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