Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 242 – 161 in favor of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 2406), known as the SHARE Act.
Coastal Conservation Association members were asked earlier this week to contact their Congressmen in support of the SHARE Act, and to prevent some key provisions on angling from being removed from the bill. Your efforts were successful – specific provisions approved with the Act that impact the recreational fishing community include:
- Ensuring that state and territorial fisheries agencies have a rightful say in fisheries management decisions in their own waters.
- Protecting traditional fishing equipment containing lead from unwarranted federal bans.
- Preventing unnecessary closures to fishing and hunting on public lands by implementing an “open until closed” management policy.
- Requiring federal land managers to support and facilitate access for fishing, hunting and recreational shooting on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.
Thanks to your help, the SHARE Act passed intact, marking an important step to ensuring that America’s hunting and angling traditions remain a priority for the federal government.