Update – On the last day of 2018, President Trump signed the Modern Fish Act into law.
After years of hard work, the final approval process came right down to the wire. The Senate passed the bill on December 17, the House on December 19 and the President made it all official on December 31.
The timing is important because had the bill not passed in 2018, we likely would have had to start from scratch with a brand-new Congress. Instead, this victory gives recreational anglers tremendous momentum heading into 2019.
Thank you! Because of your hard work and dedication, this landmark legislation is now the law of the land.
Saltwater recreational fishing is enjoyed by over 11 million Americans. As an industry, we contribute over $70 billion to the economy each year and support 455,000 American jobs all over the country. In spite of these impressive numbers, when it comes to federal management, our sport is frequently overlooked.
The current federal laws have never properly addressed the importance of recreational fishing. This has led to shortened or even cancelled seasons, reduced bag limits, and unnecessary restrictions – none of which is good news for the recreational fishing industry.
Fortunately, a solution is on the horizon. On April 6, 2017, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act, or the “Modern Fish Act” for short, was introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate. This new bill will give federal managers the tools and data they need to both improve access and promote conservation of our natural marine resources.
Bottom line: the Modern Fish Act means more and better fishing for your customers – and that’s good news for everybody.