Fishing is critical to the recreational boating industry – more than 70 percent of all boat outings involve fishing


 

Key Facts
 
$115B
economic impact attributed to recreational anglers
 
828,800
U.S. jobs supported by recreational fishing
 
$38B
Conservation contributions, by anglers, since 1951

 

Recreational Boating Industry’s Top Policy Priorities
  • Modernize and reauthorize the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
  • Implement 30x30 protections that maintain reasonable and responsible access to recreation
  • Pass the Forage Fish Conservation Act to require federal marine fisheries managers to better account for the role of forage fish in the ecosystem
  • Establish a recreation advisory committee that advises the U.S. Department of Commerce on restoring marine ecosystems and improving access to national marine fisheries and sanctuaries
  • Enact the Drift Gillnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act to phase in a ban on large mesh drift gillnets, which currently only operate off California