Budget cuts could affect recreational fishing

WASHINGTON — The organization KeepAmericaFishing is asking its members to pay attention to legislation related to fisheries management and conservation programs.

The group specifically mentions the Continuing Resolution Appropriations Bill, H.R. 1, which passed in the House of Representatives to address the federal budget for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year.

The bill, which is currently being considered in the Senate, contains significant funding cuts for fisheries management and conservation projects.

The group said in a statement: “Although we must address the federal deficit, KeepAmericaFishing believes the programs that support recreational fishing will bear an unfair and disproportionate  burden of the budget reductions. What makes these budget cuts so unfair is that many of the fishery and water conservation programs slated for cuts or elimination in H.R.1 are matched with state and local funding providing a significant return on federal dollar investment.”

The group lists proposed cuts and its plan for action here:

Congressional Budget Cuts Put Recreational Fishing Programs at Risk

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