IRVINE, Calif. – Two well-established sportfishing industry groups – the Sportfishing Association of California and the Southern California Marine Association – have joined forces with United Anglers of Southern California, Coastside Fishing Club and the American Sportfishing Association, three organizations proactively working to ensure healthy marine resources while providing sustainable recreational fishery for Southern California, UASC said in a press release July 19.
“Our goal is to bring Californians marine conservation with great access for recreational fishing and boating,” said Tom Raftican, UASC president. “It will take strong partners and a solid alliance to see this through, which is why we recently joined forces with ASA and [the] Coastside Fishing Club. Now, two more important industry organizations have joined our growing team. All of us look forward to working alongside SAC president Bob Fletcher and SCMA president Dave Geoffrey, and welcome their input, energy and participation.”
“Fishing and boating are two industries that share common lifeblood — access — and right now that is being threatened on several fronts,” said Jim Hendricks, UASC board member and past SCMA board of directors member. “Together, along with our other important partners, we can make a stronger impact and present a unified front. This teamwork will be vital as we work our way through some complicated issues, especially the future implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act in Southern California.”
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