From Florida to California and everywhere in between, fishing is under attack. Loss of access to prime fishing spots, unwarranted bag limit reductions and shortened seasons, and restrictions on tackle are all issues our grandparents wouldn’t have dreamed of. And even if there’s nothing going on in your area today, rulings across the country are setting dangerous precedents that could affect you tomorrow.
Stay informed about the issues that affect fishermen across the country and make your voice heard.
Nowhere but California are wasteful drift gillnets allowed. It’s time that California catches up with the rest of the country, and many other parts of the world, and recognizes that drift gillnets have no place in our marine waters.
If developed, Pebble Mine would devastate Bristol Bay’s recreational, subsistence and commercial fishing industries, which are collectively worth hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
Legislation has been introduced in the State Assembly that will ban the purchase of lead fishing weights and sinkers weighing 1.75 ounces or less. For most anglers, this ban covers just about every sinker and weight in your tackle box.
Home to walleye, pike, smallmouth bass, trout, and panfish, the Boundary Waters is a fisherman’s paradise. But that could all change if leases are granted for proposed sulfide mines.
Menhaden, often described as “the oily little fish nobody eats,” are a key source of food for sportfish species like striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, king mackerel, and cobia.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC has a proposal currently open for review that could result in significant improvements to recreational fishing access in the park. Fishermen like you need to weigh in or risk being ignored.
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is currently developing changes to its General Management Plan that may significantly impact recreational fishing access.
Offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico serve as huge vertical reefs offering structure and coral where otherwise there would be only barren, smooth bottom.
The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act was introduced in Congress to ensure that any future regulations on fishing tackle are established based on scientific data, not unjustified petitions.
Healthy waterways and robust fish populations are vital to the well-being of our society. Unfortunately, in many waters across the country, fish and the habitats on which they depend are in decline.