With the increasing popularity of saltwater fishing from coast to coast, the sport contributes around 70 billion dollars to the economy per year while supporting approximately 454,000 jobs.
After consideration from the House of Representatives earlier this month, a bill reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act was passed. So what does this mean for the recreational fishing community?
Provisions of the act include promoting thorough scientific analysis of fishery allocations so that all decisions are fair and based on facts and research.
H.R 1335 also aims to prevent the closure of fisheries by providing limited exceptions to annual catch limits.
Finally, the bill supports the involvement of fishermen themselves in reporting fish stock. This could increase the accuracy of data reports while also getting the states more involved.
Hopefully, the act will open doors and increase opportunities for saltwater fishing in the Carolinas!
North Carolina is inviting all outdoor lovers to participate in free fishing on Independence Day, meaning that no official fishing license is required from 12:01am-11:59pm. This is a great chance to share your love of fishing with your friends and family and support recreational fishing while also enjoying some of the beautiful coastal areas that North Carolina has to offer. To find a list of available fishing and boating areas, visit the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission for a list of over 500 sites. An afternoon on the water is a great way to unwind and enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. And who knows? Maybe you’ll start a new tradition!
Providing around 250,000 jobs from coast to coast, recreational fishing remains one of the most underrated contributors to the North Carolinian economy. It is estimated that recreational fishermen spent around 100 billion dollars per year on equipment. Furthermore, the industry’s influence extends beyond just fishing supplies! Restaurants, hotels, boat maintenance, and other necessities for fishermen are stimulated by growth in recreational fishing as well, as they draw more tourists and create more of a need for these services in North Carolina. In order to maintain these opportunities for North Carolina workers and fishing gear retailers, the NC Recreational Fishing Alliance members are determined to support better resource management in Raleigh as well as Washington DC. Our lobbyists are determined to make sure that equal rights are maintained between commercial and recreational fisherman and to keep this sector of the economy alive and growing in NC.
Visit our website today to learn more about us and how you too can become a member!