Seafood Harvesters of America opposes bill focused on recreational fishing

November 17, 2017 - Published in News Clippings

Article from Undercurrent News, April 11, 2017

Seafood Harvesters of America Opposes Bill Focused on Recreational Fishing

By Undercurrent News

A new bill focused on recreational fishing has drawn strong opposition from the nation’s largest organization of commercial seafood harvesters, reports the Portland Press Herald.

The Seafood Harvesters of America claims that the bill, Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017, would harm the federal regional fishery council’s ability to manage the fishery sector and most species, while also limiting the ability to innovate new solutions to overfishing.

The bill was submitted April 6 and would change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to allow for alternative management of waters for recreational fishing, re-examine fisheries allocations and establish exemptions to certain catch limits.

The bill would require regular review of catch allocations, which recreational fishermen say have historically benefited commercial fishermen.

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