The Recreational Fishing Industry Reconnects at ICAST in July

ICAST is the world’s largest venue for launching new fishing products and setting industry trends With Orlando, Fla. as the backdrop, the 64th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, will be in-person and onsite this July 20 – 23, in the North Building of the Orange County Convention Center. ICAST is produced by… Continue reading The Recreational Fishing Industry Reconnects at ICAST in July

Recreational Fishing and Boating Groups Back Forage Fish Bill to Promote Robust Sportfish Populations

Today, the recreational fishing and boating community applauded the introduction of the Forage Fish Conservation Act by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). The legislation would require that the role forage fish play in the marine ecosystem be accounted for when federal fisheries managers set catch limits on these small but important fish.… Continue reading Recreational Fishing and Boating Groups Back Forage Fish Bill to Promote Robust Sportfish Populations

Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Seeks Opportunity for Collaboration in New “30×30” Executive Action

Alexandria, VA – January 27, 2021 – Today, President Biden signed an “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” which focuses on addressing climate change as well as committing to the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands and oceans by 2030 (known as “30×30”). The nation’s leading recreational fishing… Continue reading Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Seeks Opportunity for Collaboration in New “30×30” Executive Action

U.S. House Passes Descending Device Bill to Conserve Gulf Reef Fish

Alexandria, VA. – October 1, 2020 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection H.R. 5126, the Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act). The bill requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device… Continue reading U.S. House Passes Descending Device Bill to Conserve Gulf Reef Fish

Recreational Fishing Community Applauds South Atlantic Descending Device Requirement Effective July 15

Alexandria, VA – June 15 , 2020 – On June 12, NOAA Fisheries issued the final rule requiring descending devices to be rigged and ready for use on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper-grouper species in South Atlantic federal waters. The rule will go into effect on July 15, 2020, for all commercial, for-hire and private… Continue reading Recreational Fishing Community Applauds South Atlantic Descending Device Requirement Effective July 15

Sportfishing Community Criticizes Maryland’s Approach to Striped Bass Management

Recreational fishing and boating groups call for fair treatment in restrictions to end overfishing Alexandria, Va. – March 18, 2020 – Today, organizations representing Maryland’s angling and boating community sent a letter to Maryland’s Secretary of Natural Resources Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio regarding the pending 2020 striped bass regulations and expressed concern over the lack of public input… Continue reading Sportfishing Community Criticizes Maryland’s Approach to Striped Bass Management

White River Marine Group Brands Recognized for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

National industry organization recognizes TRACKER, SUN TRACKER, NITRO, TAHOE, RANGER and TRITON for top honors in quality, customer service White River Marine Group MIAMI – White River Marine Group, the manufacturing arm of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, was recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). White River Marine Group… Continue reading White River Marine Group Brands Recognized for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

Ranger Boats Recognized for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

National Marine Manufacturers Association honors Ranger Boats for world-class quality, customer service with two coveted CSI Awards FLIPPIN, Ark. (March 12, 2020) – Ranger Boats, the world’s premier performance fishing boat brand, has been recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), receiving 2019 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards in… Continue reading Ranger Boats Recognized for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

Commerce Secretary Sides with Recreational Fishermen in Menhaden Case

Industrial fishing giant strikes out twice as it breaks the rules in the Chesapeake Bay (Washington, D.C.)— U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today issued a decision cracking down on overfishing in the Chesapeake Bay and paving the way for better management of the menhaden fishery. Ross found the state of Virginia out of compliance after foreign-owned… Continue reading Commerce Secretary Sides with Recreational Fishermen in Menhaden Case

Bipartisan Effort Drops a Lifeline to Fish Reeled Up from the Deep

U.S. Reps. Graves and Huffman team up to conserve reef fish in the Gulf Alexandria, Va. – November 18, 2019 – A coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations is lauding the introduction of the DESCEND Act by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.) and Jared Huffman (D-Calif.). The DESCEND Act of 2019, or the “Direct Enhancement of… Continue reading Bipartisan Effort Drops a Lifeline to Fish Reeled Up from the Deep