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Support Restoration of Gulf Fisheries, Communities

Tell your representatives and senators in Congress to support the 2011 RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act (S. 1400).

When enacted, the bill would direct critical funding to the Gulf of Mexico region to help improve fisheries habitat and data collection, as well as revitalize coastal communities.

“ASA fully supports the 2011 RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act,” said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association.

 “The combination of the biological impacts and the public’s perception of the extent of those impacts caused severe economic harm to the region. We applaud the Senators for their leadership and urge Congress to move swiftly to pass this legislation which will help bring back the local economies and allow us to restore habitat and better understand the Gulf’s fisheries and their habitat.”

RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act allocates a portion of the funds equally to the five Gulf Coast states for ecological and economic recovery, and establishes the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to develop and fund a comprehensive plan for the ecological recovery and resiliency of the Gulf Coast.

The act also establishes an endowment that includes funding for needed fisheries stock assessments and ecosystem monitoring.

Click here to view a fact sheet of the bill.

Also, click here or on the poster to learn about the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

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