FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Mercury Marine released a statement lending its support to NMMA, ASA and BoatUS as they advocate for the House Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill, but also expresses frustration that full reauthorization of the bill will most likely not be addressed in Congress until 2015.
“We share in the disappointment of the entire marine industry,” said Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer. “Improving saltwater recreational fisheries management is a serious issue for our industry and for the livelihood of the angling community across the country. While we still are without a resolution, I commend NMMA, ASA and BoatUS for the hard work they have done to push this legislation towards a positive outcome for anglers and fisheries in the United States.”
H.R. 4742, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” now awaits a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. The bill includes several provisions supported by industry leaders, such as easing the strict implementation of annual catch limits and improving stock assessments for data poor fisheries.
For more information on the fishing and boating industry’s recommendations to Congress regarding the Magnuson-Stevens Act, please see A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries.