The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee voted this morning to advance S. 1520. The Environmental Defense Fund slammed it as “a bill that as currently written includes dangerous provisions that would undermine important conservation tools, regional fishery management, and the nation’s commercial fishing industry.”
The legislation has drawn strong opposition from commercial fishermen, chefs, and environmentalists. Those concerns were echoed by Senators Cantwell, Markey, Blumenthal, Udall, and Cortez-Masto, all of whom requested that their opposition be recorded.
The following is a statement from Matt Tinning, Senior Director, U.S. Oceans Program, Environmental Defense Fund.
“We strongly support real solutions that improve the access and experience of recreational saltwater anglers. Unfortunately, S.1520 fails to address the root causes of angler frustration, while undermining regional fishery management and key commercial fisheries, and limiting the use of successful conservation tools like catch shares.
“Senators should instead focus on encouraging regionally-driven efforts to pioneer real solutions for recreational fisheries management. We are grateful to Senators Cantwell, Markey, Blumenthal, Udall, and Cortez-Masto for registering their concerns with the bill as written, and we look forward to working with all Senators to help ensure that our nation’s fisheries continue to be the most sustainable and successful in the world.”