Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 24 February 2012
Or a ticket. Or a ride. Whatever you do, get yourself to Washington, D.C., for the March 21 Keep Fishermen Fishing rally.
Fishermen from around the country, both commercial and recreational, will gather in support of sensible reform of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
The act's rebuilding guidelines require that any species designated overfished must be managed in such a way that the biomass is able to be deemed recovered within 10 years. That 10-year rule is arbitrary and has no basis in fishery science.
Help us send a message to our federal legislators that amending Magnuson can help working waterfront communities by focusing on the balance between marine conservation and coastal commerce, as the law was intended to do.
A similar rally in February 2010 gave fishing communities a stronger voice on Capitol Hill. Join us and bring your voice to the fore.
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