Tag Archives: Center for Sportfishing Policy

Sportfishing community gathers for Weigh-In on the Hill

Recreational angling stakeholders gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday for a Congressional Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy Luncheon, along with coordinated congressional office visits. Event sponsors included American Sportfishing Association, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Marine Manufacturers Association and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Wednesday’s “Weigh-In on the Hill” provided a forum for members of Congress, congressional ...

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Bipartisan senators introduce the Modern Fish Act

The recreational fishing and boating community praised the Senate introduction of the Modern Fish Act by Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017” (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America’s federal waters, promote conservation of our natural ...

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Secretary Ross announces RFMC appointments

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the 2017 Regional Fishery Management Council appointments and, according to the Center for Sportfishing Policy, has shown that recreational fishing and boating are important to the Trump Administration. The appointments of Steve Heins of New York to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Chester Brewer of Florida to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; and Phil ...

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Agreement reached to extend 2017 red snapper season

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced an agreement has been reached between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the five Gulf Coast states to extend the 2017 recreational red snapper season by 39 weekend days in the Gulf of Mexico for private recreational anglers. This action, lauded by recreational fishermen across the ...

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Center for Sportfishing Policy announces new chairman

The Center for Sportfishing Policy announced its new chairman of the board of directors, Robert G. “Bob” Hayes. Hayes was elected to the leadership role at the center’s annual board of directors meeting on Tuesday, May 16, and succeeds Jack Lawton, Jr., founding chairman of the center. “The Center for Sportfishing Policy is fortunate to have such monumental leaders in ...

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Senate Commerce Committee advances Billfish Conservation Act

 Conservationists and anglers are applauding the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for advancing S. 396, the Billfish Conservation Act. The bill, introduced in February by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), was adopted and reported favorably without amendment during an executive session on May 18. The Billfish Conservation ...

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Center for Sportfishing Policy responds to criticism of Modern Fish Act

Last week's introduction of the “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017” (Modern Fish Act) has been praised by several recreational boating and fishing groups. The coalition of groups supporting the Modern Fish Act includes American Sportfishing Association, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, ...

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Fishing, boating advocates praise Modern Fish Act

A coalition of boating and recreational fishing associations praised the introduction of a bill that addresses critical challenges facing saltwater recreational fishing at the federal level. Led by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.), the “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017” (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America’s federal ...

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American Boating Congress 2017: New administration, new opportunities

ABC 2017 offers industry fresh look at policy, issues With a new presidential administration and 62 new members of Congress, the 2017 edition of the American Boating Congress will be one of the most important in years. “It’s a critical year because this is a fresh start,” said Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA’s vice president of federal and legal affairs. “This is ...

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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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