It's long since past time to fix the Magnuson Act and put recreational fishermen back on the water.
February 22 2012
- The date was February 24, 2010, the place, a small park alongside the Capitol Building where full sessions of the House of Representatives and Senate were underway. An army of over 5,000 recreational and commercial fishermen descended on the park in an orderly and respectful show of force to tell our elected representatives that legislation they passed in 2007 was not working and was, in fact, putting thousands of American fishermen, both commercial and recreational, along with people in the industries that are supported by fishing OUT OF BUSINESS! And the shame was it was totally unnecessary. The rally featured a host of speakers from the recreational and commercial fishing community, organizers of the event, and a handful of Congressmen and Senators who seemed genuinely concerned with our plight and addressed the crowd. Noticeably absent, representatives of the sportfishing and boating trade associations, who, it was later reported, were working behind the scenes to thwart the efforts of the fishermen at the rally, something that has not been forgotten to this day. ... Read More