Keep Florida Fishing, the advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association is praising a group Congressman, including Daniel Webster, for introducing the “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017”, legislation they believe will open up the fishing and boating industries.
The legislation is another amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which governs some regulations regarding recreational and commercial fishing. The proposed legislation offers more flexibility in the amount of fish that can be caught within a certain period of time and loosens regulations on how fisheries operate.
“Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, with recreational fishing supporting more than 128,000 jobs and generating $9.6 billion in economic impact,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fishery Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association. “Thank you to Rep. Daniel Webster for joining the effort to pass the Modern Fish Act, which will update and improve federal recreational fishing management.”
The bill was introduced by a bipartisan group and should fare well in the house with previous efforts to change fishing regulations ending successfully.