September 17, 2012

Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 Moving in Congress

On September 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 (H.R. 2706). This bipartisan effort has been among the legislative priorities of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) for the 112th Congress and is hugely beneficial for the conservation of billfish populations. This legislation was introduced by CSC Co-Chair Representative Jeff Miller, who made a floor statement supporting this legislation. Click here to read his floor statement (pages 4-5). Click here to read the full CSF press release on H.R. 2706.

On September 11, 2012, the bill was received in the Senate. CSF is currently working with the members and leaders of the CSC to move this legislation in the Senate.

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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