Sport Fish Restoration Act Passed by Senate

The U.S. Senate passed provisions that would reauthorize the Sport Fish Restoration Act for another six years as part of a major transportation bill. The measure adopted all the major amendments advocated by the American League of Anglers and Boaters. At this writing, similar measures were pending in the House of Representatives. The pathway to reauthorizing the Sport Fish Restoration Act, otherwise known as Wallop-Breaux, has been more complicated this year than in the past. The American League of Anglers and Boaters, an association of conservation and recreational-fishing-industry organizations that includes the American Sportfishing Association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Brunswick Corporation among many others, worked with six different House and Senate Committees, with the full Senate vote the most significant step thusfar in the process.