Improved Fishing Access Gaining Momentum in Congress

Washington, D.C. — The Modern Fish Act is gaining momentum in the United States Congress.

A bill similar to the proposed law introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives in April was introduced to the Senate this week. It has received praise from recreational fishing and boating groups after its introduction.

Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) authored the bill, titled “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017.” Its goal is to improve public access to federal waters, increase conservation efforts of natural marine resources and boost economic growth. H.R. 2023 is the U.S. House of Representatives’ companion bill, introduced by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.).

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