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.
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.
Sen. Feinstein (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that could wipe out salmon fisheries in California. It also calls for the eradication of “invasive species” like largemouth and smallmouth bass.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control has announced they are keeping fishing tackle on the so-called “Safer Consumer Products” program. That could lead to an all-out ban on fishing tackle containing lead.