Yamaha Marine said today that advocacy opportunities will be available in its booth for the first time during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens Thursday.
Attendees who visit Yamaha at booth 2028 can enter for a chance to win a Yeti cooler and can send a pre-written letter to Congress defending their right to fish.
“It’s time for the federal policies that govern U.S. fisheries to account for the impact the recreational and boating industries have on the economy,” Yamaha Marine Group government relations manager Martin Peters said in a statement. “The best way for our industry to effect change is to raise the voice of the recreational boaters and anglers who are unfairly impacted by laws that are unbalanced.”
The pre-written letters address the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and sector separation in the South Atlantic, and call for a 10 percent cap on ethanol in fuel.
“We have watched the fisheries management policy known as ‘sector separation’ wreak havoc on recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico,” Peters said. “Despite a healthy fish stock, recreational anglers have been limited to 10 days a year to fish for Gulf red snapper because of the business interests of a select few. Now the same process that unfolded in the Gulf is threatening to spread to the South Atlantic. It’s important for the recreational fishing and boating communities to fight this destructive policy by making their voices heard in Washington. We hope that Fort Lauderdale Boat Show attendees will use this opportunity to take a stand and protect their right to fish.”
Yamaha Marine recently announced its support of a landmark series of recommendations for the incoming administration and the new Congress that strive to balance improving access to public waters, creating economic growth and enhancing the conservation of marine fish stocks.
Released by the Center for Coastal Conservation, along with the nation’s leading marine conservation and trade associations, the guidance for federal policy-makers in “A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for a New Administration” calls for an end to antiquated federal policies, the company said.