Tag Archives: commercial fisheries

Bi-partisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act is vetoed

driftnet fishing legislation passes

President Trump vetoed the bi-partisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906/H.R. 9179), led by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) that would have ended the use of large mesh drift gillnets in U.S. waters. The mile-long nets drift overnight to catch swordfish, but often entangle, injure and kill more ...

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NOAA report shows massive economic gains from fishing

In its latest report on the economic gains from fishing, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012 and contributed $89 billion to GDP. That’s a gain of seven percent over the previous year, which translates to a three-percent increase in fishing jobs from 2011 to ...

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