MISSOULA, Mont. (December 20, 2018) – The Boone and Crockett Club today, reflecting on the historic leadership role sportsmen have played in wildlife conservation, applauded the passage of the Modern Fish Act.
In the closing days of the 115th Congress, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed S.1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act).
“Science-based, sustainable-use conservation backed by sportsmen is just that, conservation,” noted Tim Brady, president of the Boone and Crockett Club. “It doesn’t matter if it’s fresh or saltwater fishing, small game, upland bird or big game hunting, the history of conservation in North America was written by sportsmen, and this tradition of doing what is necessary continues to this day.”
S. 1520 is a focus on saltwater ecosystems and will provide critical updates to the oversight of federal fisheries, as well as the federal fisheries management system. The beneficiaries will be our saltwater ecosystems along with recreational anglers and boaters.
Many of the recommendations found in the Modern Fish Act originated from a report to federal policy makers titled, “A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries.” This report was presented in 2014 by the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management; more commonly known as the Morris-Deal Commission – a diverse group made up of a variety of fisheries stakeholders, named for co-chairs Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boat Group.
“Hunters and anglers were among our nation’s first conservationists,” Brady explained. “We’re pleased to see this brand of fisheries legislation getting on the books, and most importantly what it represents. The collective success of managing and enhancing our fish and wildlife natural resources is dependent on the restructuring and modernization of our laws and procedures.”
About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club is the oldest conservation organization in North America and helped to establish the principles of wildlife and habitat conservation, hunter ethics, as well as many of the institutions, expert agencies, science and funding mechanisms for conservation. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.