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Magnuson-Stevens rally set for tomorrow

"United We Fish," a rally to support reform of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, is set for noon Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The event was coordinated by coastal anglers from around the country and is expected to draw several thousand recreational and commercial fishermen.

The rally will beign with presentations by key senators and congressmen who are supporting the efforts to add "common sense" to the federal fisheries law through passage of Senate Bill 1255 and House Bill 1584 - the Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act.

The bill amends Magnuson-Stevens to require fishery management plans, amendments or regulations for overfished fisheries to specify a time period for ending overfishing and rebuilding the fishery that is as short as practicable, according to the official summary.

The Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act has more than 30 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and looks to be gaining additional co-sponsors in the Senate, organizers say.

"This is much bigger than any one state issue or individual grievance," Recreational Fishing Alliance managing director Jim Hutchinson Jr. said when the rally was first announced. "Whether it's our restrictive fluke fishery in New York, the arbitrary closure of state waters for our anglers in California, or the shutdown of red snapper and amberjack down South, our community has been divided by preservationist tactics for too long. It's time to unite the clans in defense of our coastal heritage and traditions."

Click here for the original release announcing the rally.

Click here for details of the day's events.

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