It’s official! We have the site, we have the times, recreational and commercial fishing groups have signed on and people are arranging buses and transportation – the Keep Fishermen Fishing rally is rolling!
Here are the details:
Who: Recreational and commercial fishermen and related businesses from across the country
What: Keep Fishermen Fishing rally
When: noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Where: Upper Senate Park, Washington, D.C.
Why: to support flexibility in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
Keep Fishermen Fishing website: http://www.keepfishermenfishing.com/index.html
Leading recreational and commercial fishing groups have already signed on to go, so in the days ahead we will highlight a few of them so you can get to know them better. These folks are dedicated, serious, hard-working fishermen and women and seafood workers who believe in the fishing and seafood industries. To us, fishing isn’t always about money; it’s culture, it’s history, it’s camaraderie, it’s a way of life.
And it’s vanishing.
The changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act we’re asking for are slight – just a little flexibility so that we can keep our fleets on the water, anglers and their families fishing and seafood being delivered to consumers. Fish stocks will not suffer; species that are in trouble will still have legal protections in order to rebuild and become healthy again. But at the same time, our nation’s rich history of fishing and processing will be allowed to maintain its legacy.