The nation’s largest marine recreational fishery is facing declines, but proper management can curtail that trend.
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The Maine Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife passed a resolution that directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to study the impacts of soft baits on fishing and the environment and report the results to the legislature in January 2014. This resolution still needs to go to the floor of both the state Senate and state House of Representatives.
Asian carp, considered an invasive species by the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, are a significant threat to the Great Lakes’ recreational fisheries. Carp populations have the potential to expand rapidly and change the ecosystem composition of the Great Lakes. This will significantly harm the $7 billion annual sportfishing economy in the Great Lakes region.
In response to the increasing attempts to overregulate fishing tackle, the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act was introduced in Congress. This legislation will ensure that any future regulations on fishing tackle are established based on scientific data, not unjustified petitions.