The time is now to urge your Members of Congress to update America’s primary fishing law.
THE LATEST: On December 13, 2017, the Modern Fish Act was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee as part of H.R. 200. Consideration by the full House of Representatives and the Senate is needed for final passage.
The Modern Fish Act (included in H.R. 200/S. 1520) will make critically important changes to federal fishing regulations, including several key provisions contained in both bills that are supported by a broad coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations:
Allows for recreational fisheries to be managed using more appropriate management tools
Modifies the annual catch limit requirement to allow for more adaptive approaches
Requires managers in the southeastern U.S. to perform long-overdue examinations of fishery allocations, based on modern criteria
Limits the spread of catch share programs that have negatively impacted anglers and fishing communities
Promotes consideration of new data collection methods that could improve fisheries management and conservation
Ensures exempted fishing permits help fisheries management and conservation — rather than the status quo which can hinder both
Use the form to urge your Members of Congress to support the Modern Fish Act.