January 20, 2020

House Subcommittee Hears Important Fisheries Legislation

On January 14, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife hosted a hearing on several bills aimed at improving fisheries and coral management and improving the disaster relief process for fishing communities. CSF submitted a letter of support for three of the bills heard by the subcommittee. 

CSF has worked with Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members (CSC) throughout the 116th Congress to introduce many of these bills and has worked to garner bipartisan support for each of them. Priority pieces of legislation included in the hearing were:

H.R. 2236: The Forage Fish Conservation Act

H.R. 5126: The Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2019

H.R. 5548: The Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act

The next step for these bipartisan bills will be consideration before the full House Committee on Natural Resources in the near future. 

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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