Recreational fishing leaders testify in U.S. Senate

Boating Industry –

On Sept. 12, U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing entitled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges.” The subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses representing recreational, commercial and charter-for-hire fishermen.

This was the third hearing of a series focusing on America’s federal fisheries laws. Phil Faulkner, president of NauticStar Boats; Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance; and Chris Horton, fisheries program director for the Congressional Sportsmen¹s Foundation, represented recreational fishermen.

“The message we are bringing to Washington is simple: recreational anglers want fair and equitable access to America¹s public marine resources,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. “Marine recreational fishing is one of America¹s oldest and most beloved pastimes that supports a $63 billion annual economic impact and 440,000 American jobs. Proper fisheries management is critical to our economy, our culture and the conservation of healthy marine resources for future generations.”

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