Take action now to protect healthy habitat

WASHINGTON — Urge your senators to become co-sponsors of the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act S. 2080. It only takes 1 minute using this form.

The bill was introduced March 5 by Sens. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).

This vital piece of legislation would strengthen a program that has been in place for close to a decade and contributes to river rehabilitations, reservoir enhancements, salt-marsh protection efforts and other fishery conservation projects across the country.

“This legislation will provide much-needed funding for the 18 fish habitat partnerships,” said Gene Gilliland, B.A.S.S. conservation director. “The one that is most relevant to bass fishing is probably the Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership and its Friends of Reservoirs Foundation that conservation leaders discussed at the 2014 B.A.S.S. Conservation Summit.

“Several of the other fish habitat partnerships deal with issues in the Great Lakes, natural lakes and rivers and streams where you fish,” Gilliland continued.

“They all need congressional support to continue their work.”

Fish habitat resources are of enormous significance to the economy of the United States, providing recreation for 60 million anglers; more than 828,000 jobs and approximately $115 billion in economic impact each year relating to recreational fishing; and 575,000 jobs.

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