VIDEO: Yamaha president asks for Modern Fish Act support

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The Modern Fish Act would amend the primary law governing marine fisheries in federal waters to treat recreational angling differently than commercial fishing.

The Modern Fish Act would amend the primary law governing marine fisheries in federal waters to treat recreational angling differently than commercial fishing.

Yamaha Marine president Ben Speciale is urging the recreational boating and fishing industry to press for passage of the Modern Fish Act.

The company released a new video asking that the industry, boaters, and anglers continue the push to get the bill across the finish line.

“We need a strong push to move this bill in 2018,” said Speciale in the video. “Our goal is to get this to the president’s desk as soon as possible.”

The Modern Fish Act, a bill that has moved through committees in both the House and the Senate, would amend the Magnuson Stevens Act to differentiate between commercial and recreational anglers in federally-managed saltwater.

The entire recreational marine business ecosystem relies on anglers to thrive, so all marine businesses should advocate for sound fishing policies, said Speciale, citing red snapper seasons in the Gulf region that have been as short as three days.

“We feel good about the future of our industry now, but I don’t think we’re selling enough new boats this year,” Speciale said during the Miami International Boat Show. “I think if we can see a longer snapper season, we would sell more.”

Speciale asked for the industry to contact members of Congress via Bass for Salt, Boating United, or Keep America Fishing.

“Even if you’ve done this before, please do it again,” Speciale said in the video. “It’s very important that our voices are heard.”

Watch the video here.

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