Thumbs Up for Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation

New Online Advocacy System Lets Recreational Anglers Contact Legislators

Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2015) — The Center for Coastal Conservation today endorsed Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation (BASC), a new online advocacy system that allows fishing enthusiasts to write, call, or tweet their federal officials easily and intuitively. The BASC site — BassforSalt.com — was launched on June 1 by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, B.A.S.S.

“It is more important than ever that America’s 46 million anglers make our voices heard, and Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation will make it easy for us to do so,” said Center for Coastal Conservation president Jeff Angers, calling the new B.A.S.S. initiative “a powerful new advocacy tool.”

“Whether you fish in saltwater or freshwater, I encourage you to visit BassforSalt.com today and speak out about the sport we love,” Angers added.

At BassforSalt.com, fishing enthusiasts can contact their Members of Congress by email, call, or Tweet. The site provides both informational talking points and prewritten materials, so that anglers can reach out to their federal officials with ease.

Angers said he is hopeful the fishing community will use BassforSalt.com to urge Congress and President Obama to protect recreational access to thriving fish stocks.

“With Congress considering the Magnuson-Stevens Act — the primary legislation affecting recreational fishing in federal waters — and with Washington imposing unrealistic restrictions on fishing from the Carolinas to Biscayne Bay and the Gulf of Mexico — it’s time we as anglers make our voices heard,” Angers said.