Recreational Fishing Alliance supports new Commerce Secretary

The Recreational Fishing Alliance congratulated newly appointed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

The Recreational Fishing Alliance congratulated newly appointed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr., saying it believes the appointment will enable the industry to move in a more positive direction.

"We're hopeful that with Secretary Ross's business experience and President Trump's leadership the recreational fishing industry will grow and more fishing opportunities will become available," RFA executive director Jim Donofrio said in a statement.

One of the first issues the RFA would like to see addressed is a reversal of a 2014 repeal of a prohibition on the designation of new marine sanctuaries by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Obama administration had prohibited commercial fishing in the sanctuaries, but allowed recreational fishing to continue.

The group is also concerned about other proposed sanctuaries.

"We're very optimistic that with Secretary Ross's guidance we can again start managing our marine resources through a responsible, science-based process that takes all stakeholders into consideration," Donofrio said.

"The RFA is looking forward to partnering with the administration in this endeavor, and we're confident we're going to see some significant improvements as we move forward."

Related

A Report from Ohio’s Hybrid Boat Show

The online/in-person show was deemed a success, but organizers say it can’t compare to a traditional boat show. “We took the best action available to us.”

Marina Conference and Expo Begins Tomorrow

Preconference workshops at the virtual event will focus on electrical code updates, BIG grant application guidance and marina operations.

Regal Names VP, North American Sales and Marketing

Jake Kuck had previously served as North American sales manager.

Williams Jet Tenders Expands

The U.K. builder is making changes to its facility to increase production and the size of its RIBs.

Industry Mourns Daniel Harper

The Siren Marine founder and CEO died unexpectedly.

Quick Hits: January 26, 2021

Oxe’s range of diesel outboards get EPA approval and the Association of Marina Industries’ Training Institute releases its certification course schedule.

Virtual Boat Show Season

With most of the winter boat shows canceled, will dealers see a slowdown in demand heading into spring?