Commercial Fishing moves to the House Ways and Means Committee

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Commercial Fishing moves to the House Ways and Means Committee

Unread post by sagbay » October 14th, 2019, 8:27 pm

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Dear conservationist,
Legislation moving through the Michigan House of Representatives aims to protect gamefish from commercial harvest, and we need your help. The package of bills (House Bills 4567-69) passed through the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee last week and is moving on to the House Ways and Means Committee.
To bolster support for gamefish and keep them off of the commercial harvest list, we need your help by calling to support HBs 4567-69. Every call counts! Michigan’s $2.3-billion sportfishing industry and diverse gamefish population are at risk, and it’s up to you to make your voice of support heard.

Please call each member of the House Ways and Means Committee as well as your own representative to show your support for House Bills 4567, 4568 and 4569.

Include in your message:
I support House Bills 4567-4569 because they:
  • Protect gamefish from commercial harvest
  • Update existing commercial fishing statute which hasn’t been done since the 1960s
  • Increase the fines for commercial fishing operations to help pay for the administrative oversight of commercial fishing
  • Require net marking, which keeps our recreational anglers safe on the waters of our Great Lakes

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee:
Rep. Brandt Iden (517) 371-1774
Rep. Jim Lilly (517) 373-0838
Rep. Eric Leutheuser (517) 373-1794
Rep. Beth Griffin (517) 373-0839
Rep. Roger Hauck (517) 373-1789
Rep. Bronna Kahle (517) 373-1706
Rep. Jason Wentworth (517) 373-8962
Rep. Rebekah Warren (517) 373-1792
Rep. Wendell Byrd (517) 373-0144
Rep. Sheldon Neely (517) 373-8808
Rep. Kevin Hertel (517) 373-1180

Find your own representatives:
https://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/frmFindaRep.aspx
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Unread post by sagbay » October 15th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Michigan is the 3rd largest marine market in the country and our industry has a $7.8 billion economic impact on our state’s economy each year. More than 50 percent of all boating in this state relates to fishing activity. If we lose our fisheries, our industry will be severely impacted.

Nicki Polan | Executive Director
Michigan Boating Industries Association
8625 Richardson Rd.| Commerce Twp., MI 48390
734.261.0123, ext. 4 | npolan@mbia.org
www. mbia.org | www.Boatmichigan.org
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Unread post by sagbay » October 15th, 2019, 5:35 pm

An article from Bridge that that puts some things in perspective at this time.
It could be included as an information attachment

https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-envir ... lp-anglers
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