Making Sense Of The Magnuson-stevens Act | Boating Industry

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

The so-called Morris-Deal Commission, also joined by the American Sportfishing Association, Congressional Sportsmens Foundation, Center for Coastal Conservation, National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, have recommended that legislators include these six principles in the next MFCMA iteration: Establishing a national policy for recreational fishing Adopting a revised approach to saltwater recreational fisheries management Allocating marine fisheries for the greatest benefit to the nation Creating reasonable latitude in stock rebuilding timelines Codifying a process for cooperative management Managing for the forage base So far, as the bill to reauthorize the Act, H.R. 4742 the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, which is currently awaiting passage in the House of Representatives, has received mixed reviews go!! from the recreational and boating industries. While we appreciate Chairman Doc Hastings (House Natural Resources Committee Chair, R-WA) interest and efforts in Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization, we would like to have seen more done in this bill to address the needs of the recreational fishing community, said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association. This bill includes several provisions that we support, such as easing the strict implementation of annual catch limits and improving stock assessments for data-poor fisheries, but unfortunately our top priorities are not meaningfully addressed. Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation echoed the thought, saying, Since its inception, the Magnuson-Stevens Act has focused primarily on commercial fisheries to the detriment of the nations 11 million recreational fishermen and the nearly half a million jobs they support, he said. Revising the law in a way that incorporates the goals and needs of anglers is long overdue. Our community has put forward the policy changes that will set the foundation for an effective saltwater fisheries management system, but we needs Congress help by enacting these common-sense and non-partisan policies. After the House committee passed its version of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer said, We share in the disappointment of the entire marine industry. For original article visit

No saltwater fishing license required this weekend | News – Home

“It’s a thrill, especially when you pull him in. If he don’t get away, that’s a real thrill there.” Before you cast a line, there is a catch. This weekend you can fish without a saltwater recreational fishing license, and on June 14 and 15, you can fish without a freshwater recreational fishing license. The rules that don’t change: all bag limits, seasons and size restrictions. “All you need is the right equipment and to be able to have that knowledge that we have, again, on our website,” said Amanda Nalley, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “Take that with you. Original news source

Jeff Angers of the Center for Coastal Conservation

to see who catches the longest fish and the most fish. Prizes will be given to the top finishers in the 7-and-younger age bracket, 8 to 11 bracket, and 12- to 15-year-olds. The center will rent row boats for $20 during the derby. Participants must adhere to all state Fish and Wildlife regulations, but this day only they dont need a license. Its free fishing day for all in the state, and its free parking at Cama Beach. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit


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