Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Next Thursday, July 19th, the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs will be holding a Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3906, H.R. 6007 and H.R. 6096. Specifically, HR6096 is sponsored by Rep. Runyan and Rep. Pallone and includes language appropriating $1.25 million a year to Commerce and the Interior to perform (in part) a comprehensive analysis of striped bass feeding habits in the New York Bight and to report the results of such actions to the appropriate committees of jurisdiction of the Congress, and to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
RFA has been asked to testify at the hearing and we’re honored to be going to represent (specifically with regard to these bills) our NJ and NY sportfishing community. Respectfully, I’d like to be able to have some economic data to provide to Congress, particularly as it relates to local tourism $$$. Do you have any economic data on the importance of striped bass to our local community, perhaps with regard to the history of the LBIFT (when it was the Striper Derby, how participation was impacted before and after the moratorium, and what has happened over the past 10 to 20 years).
Michele, perhaps a look at participation in the tourney alone during the moratorium as opposed to recent years – that might be a very interesting component to bring up in a striped bass hearing before Congress in terms of its significant impact on the community.
Let me know if anyone has any thoughts or input – I could sure use it!!!
H.R. 3906 (Bishop of NY), To amend the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act to allow recreational fishing for Atlantic Striped Bass in the Block Island Sound transit zone.
H.R. 6096 (Runyan), To reauthorize various Acts relating to Atlantic Ocean marine fisheries. "Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act"
<'///>'///>'///>'///>'///>'///>br> Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Managing Director - Recreational Fishing Alliance
President - New York Sportfishing Federation
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