The bipartisan Modern Fish Act was introduced this week in the Senate.
The recreational fishing industry welcomed the action taken by five U.S. senators.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday to reauthorize the primary statute governing marine fisheries.
Despite widespread support, Obama said he will veto the bill if it passes.
House committee last week approved H.R. 1335, which would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Any discussion of the convoluted 1970s laws that regulate saltwater fishing seasons and catch limits tends to leave people glassy-eyed, wondering only, “Can I take my kids fishing?”