NANFA-- Fwd: Freedom to Fish Act

Jeremy Tiemann (
Mon, 5 Apr 2004 13:14:50 -0500

>Press Release from American Sportfishing Association
>Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Senator John Breaux (D-LA)
>introduced the Freedom to Fish Act (S. 2244) on March 25, closely
>mirroring a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last
>year. Responding to proposals to establish a national network of
>coastal no-fishing zones, the American Sportfishing Association and
>Coastal Conservation Association crafted the draft legislation to
>lead the industry and sportfishing groups in advocating sensible
>approaches to the establishment of marine protected areas.
>"Saltwater fishing is soaring in popularity, yet the sport has never
>been so threatened as it is right now," said ASA President and CEO
>Mike Nussman. "Especially over the last several years, many
>different groups, including the sportfishing community, have been
>pushing for stronger ocean conservation policies. But better
>conservation does not need to come at the expense of sportfishing.
>The sportfishing community will be an important ally in broader
>efforts to make progress for our oceans."
>The House version of the Freedom to Fish Act (H.R. 2890) was
>introduced on July 24, 2003 by Congressman Jim Saxton (R-NJ). A
>handful of states also have passed or are considering similar
>Freedom to Fish bills. Anglers can lend their support for the
>Freedom to Fish Act by visiting ASA's website,

Jeremy Tiemann
Biological Field Assistant
Illinois Natural History Survey
Center for Biodiversity
607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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