I recieved this email today. We need to voice our concerns also. Things are moving quickly, and we need your help. Next week, members of the U.S. Senate’s Commerce Committee will vote on whether to move Senate Bill 1520 forward.
Please take action now by telling your Member of Congress to oppose S. 1520 unless the anti-conservation and anti-seafood provisions are removed.
In the piece we shared last week, Alabama fisherman David Walker detailed why proposals like S. 1520 endanger the sustainability of seafood from the Gulf and around the country.
David’s not alone in his concern.
Just this month, more than 30 fishing organizations from across the country have written to Congress expressing concerns about S. 1520. They join more than 150 prominent chefs as well as conservation organizations that have decried efforts to weaken our country’s fishery management laws. While S. 1520 aims to solve problems facing anglers, fishermen have explained to Congress that “Improving recreational fishery management doesn’t require undercutting commercial fishery management, yet this bill is much more focused on the latter than on the former.”
Indeed, fishermen, chefs and conservationists agree that S. 1520 risks damaging the commercial sector and supply chain, only to miss the mark on fixing recreational management.
Please email your Member of Congress today and let them know you oppose S. 1520 as currently drafted, as well as other proposals that undermine conservation and the future of the Gulf’s fishing industries.
The Share The Gulf Team