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  • Help Conserve North Carolina's Striped Bass, Red Drum and Spotted Sea Trout Fisheries

    Send a message to your state representative today in support of the Coastal Game Fish Bill

    The Situation

    The Coastal Game Fish Bill, HB 353, introduced on March 16, in the North Carolina House of Representatives, seeks to designate striped bass, red drum and spotted sea trout as game fish in state waters. By designating these three species as game fish, they will be managed solely as recreational fish for the use and enjoyment of the public and will not be available for commercial harvest and sale.

    Striped bass, red drum and spotted sea trout represent only 2 percent of North Carolina's commercial harvest with a $9.4 million economic impact, while recreational fishing for these fish contributes over $120 million annually to North Carolina's economy. Similar measures in South Carolina, Florida and Texas have resulted in healthier and more abundant fish populations in their waters with the associated economic benefits.

    Striped bass, red drum and spotted sea trout are prized catches in North Carolina and must be conserved for future generations to enjoy. The Coastal Game Fish Bill will limit these fish to recreational take, improving the quality of recreational fishing and boosting their economic impact in North Carolina.

    How You Can Help

    Help conserve three of North Carolina's most important sportfish and enhance the state's recreational fishing experience. Please enter your zip code below to send a message to your state Representative in support of the Coastal Game Fish Bill.

  • Help Fight Unwarranted Bans on Lead Fishing Tackle

    Support the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act

    Over the past decade, efforts have increased to eliminate the sale and use of lead fishing tackle, including sinkers, jigs and other widely used tackle. Last November anglers like you helped to defeat the most recent attempt to ban lead tackle nationwide when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition to ban lead fishing tackle under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

    Despite the EPA's ruling, this issue is not yet fully resolved. KeepAmericaFishing™ is asking anglers to rally behind legislation that will definitively protect our right to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways.

    The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act, introduced by the chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus - Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Thune (R-SD) and Representatives Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Mike Ross (D-AR) - will prevent a federal ban on lead in recreational fishing tackle and help to ensure that any future regulations on fishing tackle are established based on scientific data instead of unjustified petitions.

    Please, contact your Members of Congress today urging them to co-sponsor S. 838 and H.R. 1558, the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act.

    For background information about recent efforts to ban lead in fishing tackle, go to the KeepAmericaFishing Action Center.

    Take Action!

    Please enter your zip code below to send a message to your Members of Congress asking them to co-sponsor the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act.

  • Voice Your Opposition to California Fish and Game Commissioner Richard Rogers' Reappointment

    Rogers ignored California's anglers and turned a blind eye to California's economy.

    Background

    Since his 2005 appointment to the California Fish and Game Commission, Commissioner Richard Rogers has been one of the most vocal supporters of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. The MLPA is a controversial program that threatens sportfishing in California by unnecessarily closing large areas of the ocean to recreational fishing, and ignores the real problems affecting California's coastal waters, such as habitat loss and pollution.

    Even though his term expired on January 15, 2011, Rogers has retained his seat on the Commission. Governor Brown needs to take action and name a new commissioner to take Rogers' seat.

    Rogers' track record shows he is no friend to California's sportfishing community. On December 15, 2010, Rogers was one of three commissioners who voted in favor of a wide-ranging array of marine protected areas, essentially no-fishing zones, along the southern California coast. Other MLPA regulations – which Rogers also supported – are already in place in California's Central and North Central Coast regions.

    What You Can Do

    Send a message to Governor Brown urging him to remove Richard Rogers from the California Fish and Game Commission. The Partnership for Sustainable Oceans believes that Governor Brown should replace Rogers with a commissioner who understands his or her responsibility to conserve California’s natural resources, understands the role of anglers in conservation and takes into account the impact of regulations on California’s citizens and its economy.

    Send your message today!

  • Connecticut's Proposed Ban on Lead Fishing Tackle No Longer on the Table

    Thank you for taking action to defeat this unnecessary legislation

    Because of your quick action, and that of other KeepAmericaFishing™ angler advocates, a burdensome and unwarranted lead fishing tackle ban is no longer being considered by Connecticut's General Assembly. Even though S.B. 59 received a public hearing in the assembly's Environment Committee, it was not voted on prior to the committee's March 25 deadline, rendering it ineligible for further action. 

    Banning lead sinkers, jigs and other traditional fishing tackle is neither reasonable nor warranted without the scientific data to support it. Further, the Connecticut bill would have imposed an unreasonable fine of $500 per violation especially when the penalty for fishing without a license is only $77.  You helped thwart this burdensome, unwarranted and scientifically unsupported legislation from moving forward in the state legislature.

    This is a significant victory for Connecticut's angling community and you deserve our thanks for taking action! 

    For more information, please visit the issue page on www.KeepAmericaFishing.org.

    Update: The Angler's Voice Was Heard!

    Please enter your zip code below to send a message of thanks to your state legislators for not acting on S.B. 59.

  • Act Now to Stop the Invasion of the Asian Carp and Protect Sportfishing in the Great Lakes

    Ask your Members of Congress to support key legislation that will help protect the Great Lakes' fisheries and ecosystem.

    The Asian carp is an invasive fish that poses a significant threat to the Great Lakes' recreational fisheries. Carp populations have the potential to expand rapidly and change the composition of the Great Lakes' ecosystems. This can cause significant harm to the $7 billion annual sportfishing economy in the Great Lakes region.

    The Situation

    Asian carp escaped into the Mississippi River in the early 1990s. Steadily, the invasive carp have made their way northward, becoming the most abundant species in many areas of the Mississippi; out-competing native fish and causing severe hardship to the anglers who fish the river and in the case of silver carp a safety hazard.

    The Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal connects the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes. Currently, the only barrier to prevent carp from entering Lake Michigan is an electric barrier along the canal. However, an Asian carp was recently landed beyond the electric barrier – just six miles from Lake Michigan. Asian carp are voracious feeders and if allowed to enter the Great Lakes, they will quickly out-compete the forage base of valuable sport fish such as walleye, trout and salmon, creating the potential for large-scale ecosystem devistation.

    On March 3, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced the Stop Asian Carp Act into both chambers of Congress. S. 471 and H.R. 892. These bills will help protect the Great Lakes' $7 billion sportfishing industry by requiring the Army Corps of Engineers, within a year and a half, to prepare an action plan to prevent Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes. These bills will expedite current efforts that are being taken to stop the spread of the Asian carp.

    Act Now!

    Enter your zip code below to send a message to your Members of Congress in support of the Stop Asian Carp Act. Please take action now to ensure that the Great Lakes' recreational fisheries are protected from this destructive invasive species. Send your message today!

  • New Oregon Legislation Threatens Sportfishing and Fisheries Conservation

    Send a message to your legislators asking that they oppose legislation that will eliminate conservation and management measures for many of Oregon's most popular sport fish.

    Anglers like you recently helped stop legislation in the Oregon State Legislature that aimed to remove limits and conservation measures from non-native species. Despite known angler concerns, Representative Paul Holvey recently introduced a new bill, H.B. 2008, that would do just that.  We need your help to fight back against this latest attempt to strip the Oregon State Fish and Wildlife Commission’s ability to employ and enforce fishery conservation measures.

    Many of Oregon's most popular sport fish, including brown trout and large mouth bass, were introduced to Oregon's waterways over 100 years ago and while not native to Oregon's waterways, they are essential fisheries for anglers. However, this recently introduced legislation will greatly reduce the state's recreational fishing opportunities by removing management measures from many of the state's most popular sport fish, such as brown trout and largemouth bass. Doing so will essentially create an "open season" on these fish which will decimate their numbers and have a significant impact on the state's economy. Recreational fishing in Oregon has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion and supports over 11,000 Oregon jobs.

    The Situation

    The Oregon State Fish and Wildlife Commission manages the state's fishery resources and implements conservation projects, establishing seasons, methods and bag limits for numerous recreational and commercial fisheries. H.B. 2008 seeks to stop the commission from undertaking any activity to protect or enhance some of Oregon's most popular game fish species.

    If H.B 2008 passes, both warm and cold water anglers will be impacted. Oregon's entire fisheries management system and the recreational fishing economy will be needlessly compromised. This can't be allowed to happen.

    Act Now!

    Enter your zip code below to send a message to your state legislators asking them to oppose this unwarranted legislation. Please take action now to ensure that Oregon's recreational fisheries are protected and that recreational fishing in the state continues to flourish for generations to come. Send your message today!

  • New Legislation Threatens Fisheries Conservation in Florida

    Send a message to your state Senator opposing legislation that would greatly reduce Florida's fishery conservation investment and have a devastating effect on fisheries management, conservation and law enforcement.

    Florida has some of the best fishing in America and is the top recreational fishing destination in the United States. Recreational fishing has an estimated $7.5 billion annual economic impact on Florida's economy.

    The Situation
    Florida State Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart) introduced a bill, S.B. 744, which would eliminate resident and non-resident fishing licenses.

    This misguided legislation would seek to dismantle the "user-pay, user-benefit" fisheries management system which is unarguably the best fisheries management program in the world. Florida receives a substantial portion of its funding for fisheries management and conservation through a combination of state fishing license sales and the federal manufacturers excise tax on fishing tackle.

    Eliminating saltwater licenses would simply funnel anglers’ license fees to the federal government instead of the state. Federal law requires all anglers fishing in saltwater or for anadromous species to enroll in a federal registry program and pay a federal fee. A Florida saltwater license eliminates that requirement. Revenue from the federal registry would go directly into the National Treasury. In this system, users pay but do not benefit.

    If S.B. 744 passes, Florida's entire fisheries management system and the recreational fishing economy would be devastated. This can’t be allowed to happen.

    Act Now!
    Enter your zip code below to send a message to your state Senator and Senator Negron to express your opposition to this misguided legislation. Please take action now to ensure that the Florida's recreational fisheries management is not undercut. Send your message today!

  • Support KeepAmericaFishing

    Be a voice for your community and protect your right to fish. Through KeepAmericaFishing™ you can help to educate law makers about closures and restrictions threatening our right to fish.

    KeepAmericaFishing is leading the fight to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our nation's waterways. As the voice of the American angler, KeepAmericaFishing works to keep our public resources – our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams  – open, clean and abundant with fish.

    At KeepAmericaFishing, we are working to give you – one of our nation’s 60 million anglers – a way to reach out to the White House, Members of Congress and other policy makers on issues that affect your right to fish.

    Please do your part and let your voice be heard!