Senate unanimously passes Modern Fish Act

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the the Modern Fish Act on Monday. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and its partners called the passage of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (S. 1520) — commonly referred to as the Modern Fish Act — a “major victory.”

“The recreational boating industry — a uniquely American-made industry that contributes $39 billion in annual sales and supports 35,000 businesses — now calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to immediately take up, pass and send the Modern Fish Act to President Trump’s desk,” said NMMA president Thom Dammrich in the NMMA’s Currents newsletter.

The Modern Fish Act, introduced by Sens. Wicker, R-Miss., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in July 2017, had support across the aisle from more than a dozen Senate co-sponsors representing coastal and non-coastal states.

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