On April 9, the Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act (S.1940) passed out of the Senate on a voice vote after the House passed the bill on suspension on December 18, 2017.
The Senate bill, was introduced by CSC members Senator John Barrasso (WY) and Senator Tom Carper (DE). The House companion bill (H.R. 3979) was introduced by Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (NY) and Gregorio Sablan (MP), along with Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members (CSC) Congressmen Rob Wittman (VA), Garret Graves (LA), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), and Mike Thompson (CA).
If signed into law, this bipartisan legislation will reauthorize the National Wildlife Refuge System Volunteer, Community Partnership, and Education Programs through Fiscal Year 2022.
There are nearly 600 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States, and this legislation will help to ensure that the more than 300 refuges currently open to hunting and fishing will remain open for sportsmen and women to participate in these time-honored traditions.
More than 40,000 volunteers contribute 1.3 million hours collectively to National Wildlife Refuges.
The Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act now heads to the President’s desk.
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Which of these considered changes do you believe would have the most positive impact on management of the recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico?Vote Here
- Granting full management authority (stock assessments, management of both commercial and recreational sectors, etc.) to the five Gulf states. (42.86%)
- Extending the states’ current 9-mile management jurisdictions to 25 miles. (21.43%)
- Permanently allow each state to manage its recreational sector allocation out to 200 nautical miles. (14.29%)
- Use of more appropriate management models, such as rate of harvest, rather than the commercial hard-poundage quota system currently in place. (21.43%)
- Inclusion of additional, non-federal data in stock assessments. (0.00%)