HELP for Wildlife Act FAQs

What is the “HELP for Wildlife Act?”

The HELP for Wildlife Act, officially known as the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation Act, is a new piece of legislation that has much in common with a bill you’ve probably heard of – the Sportsmen’s Act.

The bill contains a number of provisions that will improve and conserve fishing access and fishery resources. That means more places to fish and healthier fisheries.

What happened to the Sportsmen’s Act?

Various versions of the Sportsmen’s Act made progress in Congress but were never passed into law. The HELP for Wildlife Act has strong bipartisan support and is already on the move in the U.S. Senate.

As an angler, what does the HELP for Wildlife Act do for me?

It includes many provisions specifically for our nation’s freshwater and saltwater anglers. These include:
• Protections for traditional fishing tackle from unwarranted regulation by the EPA.
• Provisions beneficial to the Chesapeake Bay.
• Authorizing the National Fish Habitat Partnerships program which will conserve, restore and enhance fish habitat throughout the nation, providing better fishing opportunities.
• Reauthorization of important conservation programs like the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

What is meant by “traditional fishing tackle?” Does that mean wooden rods and cork bobbers?

This provision prohibits the regulation of lead fishing tackle by the Environmental Protection Agency and keeps it with State Fish and Wildlife Agencies where it belongs.

Why is the Chesapeake Bay important to me?

With its tidal rivers and numerous wetlands, the Bay serves as the nursery for 70 to 90 percent of all Atlantic striped bass. If you ever plan to fish for striped bass in the Atlantic Ocean, protecting the Chesapeake should be a priority.

Where can I learn more about the National Fish Habitat Partnerships program?

Click here to learn more.

Where can I learn more about the North American Wetlands Conservation Act?

Click here to learn more.

Where can I learn more about the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation?

Click here to learn more.