Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have jointly introduced the Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act. This legislation would secure funding for research and fishery management efforts in the Great Lakes region. Specifically, the bill would secure funding through 2027 for the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center, which has field stations in each of the Great Lakes states and has served as a vital source for accurate scientific data.
“Recreational fishing in the Great Lakes is not just a part of the region's culture, but is also a tremendous economic driver, supporting thousands of jobs,” said Scott Gudes, ASA's vice president of Government Affairs. “The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act will help provide the science needed for proper management and conservation of the Great Lakes' fisheries. The sportfishing industry commends Senators Peters, Portman and Stabenow for their leadership.”