The Modern Fish Act represents the best efforts of a coalition of sportfishing groups to make the fisheries management process fairer to  recreational fishermen. Though enjoying wide bipartisan support, it was fought by some so-called environmental groups involved in an unholy alliance with commercial fishing organizations.  I haven’t been able to get the roll call vote on this House passage as yet, but on a vote last year Rep. Frank Pallone was the only N.J. Democrat to vote for the act. Not only was it vital to get this bill finally approved by the House before having to start from scratch in the new Congress, but it’s quite likely that the new Democratic House will be less likely to protect the public’s right to fish over their commitment to the environmental groups.  The American Sportfishing Association press release follows:




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