Policy Watch

The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act) was introduced in House by Reps. Garret Graves (R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) that would improve public access to America’s federal waters, promote conservation of our marine natural resources and spur economic growth.

The Modern Fish Act addresses many of the recreational fishing community’s priorities including allowing alternative management for recreational fishing, reexamining fisheries allocations, smartly rebuilding fishery stocks, establishing exemptions where annual catch limits don’t fit and improving recreational data collection. The bill aims to benefit fishing access and conservation by incorporating modern management approaches, science and technology to guide decision-making.

The coalition of groups supporting the Modern Fish Act includes American Sportfishing AssociationCenter for Sportfishing PolicyCoastal Conservation AssociationCongressional Sportsmen’s FoundationGuy Harvey Ocean FoundationInternational Game Fish AssociationNational Marine Manufacturers AssociationRecreational Fishing AllianceThe Billfish Foundation and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

You can find the bill text here and a section-by-section breakdown of the bill here.

ASA will continue meeting with congressional offices to educate and promote the Modern Fish Act throughout this Congress.

Here is a link to our Keep America Fishing Alert where you can contact your members of Congress to ask them to support the Modern Fish Act.

For more information, contact Conservation Director Mike Leonard.