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Center for Coastal Conservation becomes Center for Sportfishing Policy

The Center for Coastal Conservation has changed its name to the Center for Sportfishing Policy. The new name more accurately reflects the center’s purpose, which is to organize, focus and engage recreational fishing stakeholders to shape federal marine fisheries management policies, the center's leaders said. “Under the new name, the Center for Sportfishing Policy will continue to advocate for sound ...

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New industry report urges modernization in federal fisheries management


A coalition of industry and trade associations on Wednesday released a series of recommendations to improve management of and access to federal fisheries. The report, A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for a New Administration is designed to offer guidance to the incoming administration and the new Congress that strives to balance improving access to ...

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Congressional Boating Caucus says ‘yes’ for Congress to pass WRDA Act

For the recreational boater, waterway access, safe navigation and clean waters are essential. Today on Capitol Hill, recreational boating and fishing industries will hold a Congressional Boating Caucus briefing and panel discussion on the need for Congress to reauthorize the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA). The legislation provides funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ecosystem restoration such as the Everglades, fisheries improvements, ...

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Industry applauds President Obama’s decision to allow recreational fishing in expanded marine monument

The recreational fishing industry is cheering the president's decision to allow fishing in the expanded Northwest Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. President Obama on Friday announced a vast expansion of the monument, known as Papahanaumokuakea, out to 200 miles or the limits of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. In 2006, President George W. ...

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Biscayne National Park fishing curtailed under new federal plan

Under a new plan announced Friday, the National Park Service will limit fishing and boating in Biscayne National Park. That decision comes despite numerous objections to the plan raised by the recreational boating and fishing community. “America’s recreational fishing community is disheartened by the National Park Service’s decision to  implement a marine reserve at Biscayne National Park,” said Jeff Angers, ...

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Gulf states unveil solution to red snapper management

Washington, D.C. – The directors of the state fish and wildlife agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an agreement for state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which in recent years has experienced increasing privatization of this public resource and decreasing recreational fishing opportunities. The announcement was greeted with enthusiasm from the recreational fishing and boating ...

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Making sense of the Magnuson-Stevens Act


Much has been made of the pending reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which manages commercial and recreational saltwater fisheries in the United States. It’s a contentious bill that, recreational marine interests suggest, is too heavily weighted toward the commercial fishing industry while giving short shrift to the nation’s recreational fishing and boating interests. Similarly, much ...

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