Senate hearing on recreational fishing set for today in Alaska

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A U.S. Senate field hearing on the recreational fishing industry will be held today in Alaska.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard, will hold the hearing from 1 to 4 p.m. at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna.

“This is a big deal for us,” Yamaha Marie president Ben Speciale told Trade Only Today. “This is the first time we’ve had this Senate subcommittee convene” at this venue.

The hearing, which precedes the 25th annual Kenai River Classic tournament, will focus on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and will include testimony from prominent members of the recreational fishing and boating industry.

The hearing is titled: “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges in Alaska.”

Speciale plans to provide testimony about the far-reaching economic effects of the recreational fishing industry.

To see a live video stream of the hearing, please visit today from 1-4 p.m. AKDT (5-8 p.m. EDT)

Read more about the hearing in Trade Only Today on Thursday.