Tag Archives: Jeff Angers

U.S. Department of Commerce announces RFMC appointees

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced yesterday the 2022 Regional Fishery Management Council (RFMC) appointments. The recreation sector acknowledges the following appointments: Richard Bellavance of Rhode Island to the New England Council; Scott Lenox of Maryland and Ken Neill of Virginia to the Mid-Atlantic Council; Gary Borland of South Carolina to the South Atlantic Council; Michael McDermott of Mississippi, Troy Williamson ...

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Center for Sportfishing Policy announces new board members, honors former chairman

This week, the Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) Board of Directors hosted its annual meeting where the organization honored its past Chairman Bob Hayes and elected new board members. CSP honored Hayes with the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award for his dedication to the recreational fishing and boating industry and his commitment to angler access and marine conservation. “Bob ...

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Congress sends Driftnet Modernization Act to President

driftnet fishing legislation passes

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906) to phase out large-scale driftnet fishing in federal waters off California. Authored in the Senate by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and in the House by Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), the bill passed the U.S. Senate ...

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Lawmakers visit NauticStar Boats

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Congressman Trent Kelly (R-MS-1) visited NauticStar Boats (NauticStar) for a manufacturing tour and to discuss recreational fishing and boating industry priorities with new NauticStar president Scott Womack. NauticStar, based in Amory, Miss., employs 250 people in its more than 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Along the tour, Senator Wicker and Congressman Kelly met NauticStar employees and saw ...

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President Trump signs Modern Fish Act

The recreational fishing and boating community is celebrating the enactment of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), which was signed into law by President Trump Dec. 31. The Modern Fish Act finally recognizes in federal law the differences between recreational and commercial fishing and adds more appropriate management tools for policymakers to use in managing federal ...

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Recreational fishing, boating community applauds Florida longline permit decision

The recreational fishing and boating community is applauding a recent decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service to deny an Exempted Fishing Permit that would have allowed pelagic longline vessels into the East Florida Coast Pelagic Longline Closed Area. Earlier this year, leading recreational fishing and boating organizations, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association, submitted public comment to the South ...

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