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TCRP Supports Water Infrastructure Bill
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TCRP Supports Water Infrastructure Bill

In an 89-2 vote, the Senate passed the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (S. 914), which would invest $35 billion to upgrade aging water treatment infrastructure, improve wastewater control, and empower states to fund water quality protection and habitat restoration projects that have major benefits for fish and wildlife. The bill would...

Recreational Fishing and Boating Groups Back Forage Fish Bill
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Recreational Fishing and Boating Groups Back Forage Fish Bill

Alexandria, VA –The recreational fishing and boating community applauded the introduction of the Forage Fish Conservation Act by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). The legislation would require that the role forage fish play in the marine ecosystem be accounted for when federal fisheries managers set catch limits on these small but important...

Sportfishing Industry Supports Mine Restoration Bills
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Sportfishing Industry Supports Mine Restoration Bills

Alexandria, VA– The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today announced its support for two bipartisan bills to help restore land and water surrounding abandoned mines that would otherwise threaten fisheries and nearby communities. The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Amendments Act of 2021 and the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More...

AFWA Supports Abandoned Mine Land Reauthorization Act
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AFWA Supports Abandoned Mine Land Reauthorization Act

Washington D.C.– The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the introduction of the Abandoned Mine Land Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land Trust Fund, which is set to expire in September 2021. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) and Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15) introduced this bill today in the House...

“Conservation Works” Program Promoted by NMMA, Others
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“Conservation Works” Program Promoted by NMMA, Others

Earlier this week, a coalition of ten organizations – including NMMA – called on Congress to consider conservation priorities as policymakers draft economic recovery legislation. NMMA joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, American Sportfishing Association, and others in identifying a list of shared legislative...

Maine Reports No Need for Change in Hook Materials to Protect Fisheries
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Maine Reports No Need for Change in Hook Materials to Protect Fisheries

On February 17, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) provided an update for the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife regarding the report on Legislative Document (LD) 695, “An Act to Require Biodegradable Hooks and Lures for Freshwater Fishing.” As previously reported, LD 695 was introduced in 2019 and would have prohibited...

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Outdoor Life Questions 30 X 30 Impact on Hunters, Anglers

Among dozens of executive orders President Joe Biden signed his first weeks in office, the one that caught most conservation organizations’ attention was aimed at slowing climate change by conserving wildlands. While Executive Order 14008′s stop on all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands drew the most buzz, another portion, often called 30...

NMMA Supports Infrastructure Legislation
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NMMA Supports Infrastructure Legislation

Earlier this week, NMMA joined a coalition of energy, business, and environmental groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to push Congress to pass an infrastructure bill by Independence Day. In a letter to lawmakers, the coalition stated that Congress should “help enact a fiscally and environmentally responsible infrastructure package that stimulates the economy...

Great American Outdoors Act a Boon for Anglers, Hunters
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Great American Outdoors Act a Boon for Anglers, Hunters

Hunters and anglers call for prioritization of projects that increase public access to recreational opportunities The Department of Interior announced recently that it will be reducing restrictions on the availability of Land and Water Conservation Fund investments, ensuring that these dollars are used for the best possible opportunities to enhance public land access and habitat....

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Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act Re-Introduced

The bi-partisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act was introduced again in the Senate, led by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) to end the use of large-mesh drift gillnets in U.S. ocean waters. These mile-long, nearly invisible nets drift overnight to catch swordfish off California, but entangle, injure and kill more than 70 other species of marine life. Companion legislation (H.R. 404) was introduced in the...