The “Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act,” S. 2807, will safeguard the role of state fisheries management agencies and help prevent unwarranted fishing closures, NMMA said Tuesday.
The bill was introduced by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. It is similar to legislation that passed the U.S. House as part of the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act.
"The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) applauds the introduction of the Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act in the Senate and the efforts of Senators Cassidy and Rubio to ensure robust access for boaters and anglers in U.S. National Parks,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “This legislation would require cooperative decision making on fisheries policies in state waters, something that was lacking during the development of the Biscayne National Park general management plan. The boating industry continues to advocate for a balanced approach to access and conservation, cooperation amongst stakeholder groups and open dialogue during National Park management planning. We appreciate the Senators’ efforts to support these same goals.”