Making Sense Of The Magnuson-stevens Act | Boating Industry

Jeff Angers of the Center for Coastal Conservation

By Tom Kaiser Filed under Features , News , Top Stories Much has been made of the pending reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA), which manages commercial and recreational saltwater fisheries in the United States. Its a contentious bill that, recreational marine interests suggest, is too heavily weighted toward the commercial fishing industry while giving short shrift to the nations recreational fishing and boating interests. Similarly, much has also been made of the crippling partisan logjam in Washington, yet two recreational and marine industry experts we spoke to are optimistic that bipartisan action can result in a significant modification and reauthorization of MFCMA that could place more attention on recreational anglers. Like many items of legislative consequence, its passage just might have to wait until after the next election. So far, mixed reviews Jeff Angers of the Center for Coastal Conservation The recreational fishing and boating community is seeking changes to saltwater fisheries management that adhere to six general concepts put forth by Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boats. Original source http://www.boatingindustry.com/news/2014/06/09/making-sense-of-the-magnuson-stevens-act/

The Spokesman-Review: State offers fishing license upgrade deal

Cutthroat trout caught by an angler fly fishing on the Yakima River. (Rich Landers)

No Discover Pass is required. Register in advance or the day of the derby. The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach, is at 1880 SW Camano Drive, Camano Island. Call 360-387-9361 or go online to http://www.cwb.org . Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Visit website http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140603/LIVING/140609867

Saltwater and freshwater license-free fishing days begin June 7 – Lifestyle – Crestview News Bulletin

(Rich Landers) FISHING The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering current freshwater or saltwater fishing license holders the opportunity before July 20 to upgrade to a combination license for under$27. The upgrade will give those anglers all the fishing privileges of a combination license at the cost they would have paid if they had purchased one in the first place, said Bill Joplin, WDFW licensingmanager. Freshwater fishing license holders can purchase an upgrade to a combination license for $26.75 and current saltwater fishing license holders can upgrade to a combination license for$26.20. By purchasing theupgrade: Current freshwater license holders will gain access to saltwater fish, shellfish andseaweed. Current saltwater license holderswill gain access to fishing in lakes and rivers as summer draws near, as well as opportunities for shellfish andseaweed. Here are a few of the exciting fishing opportunities the WDFW is spotlightingthisyear: Salmon 2014 is shaping up as the year for salmon, with a forecasted return of more than 1.6 million Columbia River chinook salmon returning this fall which would be the largest since record keeping began in 1938. The ocean abundance of Columbia River coho salmon is also forecast to be about 964,000 fish three times as many fish as last year’s actual abundance. And, summer and fall chinook salmon returns to Puget Sound are expected to total nearly 283,000fish. Razor Clams Razor clam digs are listed through June 1, 2014. To read more, visit <a go here href=’http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2014/may/30/state-offers-fishing-license-upgrade-deal/&#8217; rel=’nofollow’>http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2014/may/30/state-offers-fishing-license-upgrade-deal/

Kids can learn saltwater fishing at Cama Beach derby on June 7 | HeraldNet.com – Life

6 and Nov. 29 have also been designated license-free saltwater fishing days this year, and April 4 and 5, 2015 have been designated a license-free freshwater fishing weekend. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply on these dates. Scott said, Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and fishing is an economic engine for our state, providing jobs from Pensacola to the Keys. These designated license-free fishing days are a great opportunity for Floridians to celebrate summer with their families and loved ones, enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors, cast a line and get hooked on fishing. We hope visitors and residents alike will be able to join in the excitement of Floridas saltwater and freshwater fishing this year by participating in one of our license-free fishing days, said FWC Chairman Richard Corbett. This is an excellent opportunity to share the fun and togetherness of a fishing trip with the entire family or to introduce someone to a lifelong hobby of fishing. Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. Original source http://www.crestviewbulletin.com/lifestyle/saltwater-and-freshwater-license-free-fishing-days-begin-june-7-1.328769

No saltwater fishing license required this weekend | News – Home

has also been designated a license-free saltwater fishing day. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you don’t have a fishing license, this weekend and next are reel good opportunities to get out and throw a line. Although you won’t need the paperwork, there are other laws you have to abide by. “The biggest fish I ever caught was a red bass, and that was in Nassau,” said Gary White, who’s been fishing since age 15. “That was the biggest I ever caught, and I was happy all the rest of the day. Visit website http://www.news4jax.com/news/no-saltwater-fishing-license-required-this-weekend/26344870

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