What a historic week for recreational fishing! For the first time ever, a sportfishing-focused bill is headed to the President’s desk to be enacted into law. On Monday, December 17, the U.S. Senate passed the Modern Fish Act (S. 1520) by unanimous consent, which was followed just days later by House passage on Wednesday, December 19.
The Modern Fish Act, introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.), will finally recognize in federal law the differences between recreational and commercial fishing and put federal fisheries management on a commonsense path to improving the way our fisheries are managed.
What does this mean for anglers?
Passage of this landmark legislation was made possible by the industry’s broad base of bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and the hundreds of thousands of advocates across the nation who made their voices heard over the past two years. The recreational fishing and boating community appreciates the commitment of the 115th Congress to improve the nation’s fisheries management system, and we look forward to continuing this work with congressional leaders who understand the conservation, economic and social benefits of recreational fishing to the nation.