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New fisheries vision a step in the right direction

By By Jonathan Sweet

The recreational boating and fishing industry took a big step forward this week with its new “Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries.”

For years, recreational fishermen have had to deal with regulations written with commercial fishing in mind. Now, with Magnuson-Stevens up for reauthorization, several groups are coming together to layout the goals of the recreational fishing industry. (Read more details here in our news.)

“It’s the first time the recreational fishing industry has gotten together,” said Maverick Boats President Scott Deal during the announcement of the paper Thursday at the Miami International Boat Show. Deal, along with Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO Johnny Morris, chaired the commission that wrote the paper.

With hundreds of thousands of jobs at stake in recreational fishing, it’s crucial that the industry continues to work on the issue.

Want to learn more? One of the best ways to stay involved is to attend the American Boating Congress this year, where Magnuson-Stevens will be a major topic of discussion. Even if you can’t make it to ABC, be sure to check out BoatingUnited.com, the new grassroots website for the boating industry where you can keep up on the key issues.

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