Written by Linc Bedrosian
Friday, 16 March 2012
In less than a week, commercial and recreational fishermen are converging on the nation's capitol to show their support for legislation aimed at amending the Magnuson-Stevens Act so that fish and fishermen can thrive.
Participants from a variety of coastal states attending the Keep Fishermen Fishing rally in Washington, D.C. this Wednesday, March 21 will meet in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol building. They aim educate the general public and legislators about the onerous and devastating effects the nation's fishing law has upon fishermen and fishing communities.
Trying to figure out how you can get down there? Well, rally organizers are providing buses to transport fishermen to the demonstration and back home again. The Keep Fishermen Fishing website can also hip you to a variety of other things to know, including best ways of getting around Washington, what kind of items you're permitted to bring to the rally site, and suggestions of what kinds of signs to make.
The 2010 rally in Washington garnered plenty of attention from the media, and more importantly, from Capitol Hill lawmakers. Here's hoping this year's rally will build on that momentum and open more eyes to the plight of U.S. fishermen — and more importantly, do something about it.
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