A bill to authorize a national partnership through a National Fish Habitat Action Plan has been introduced into the U.S. Senate, with the intent of protecting, restoring, and enhancing the nation’s fisheries.
“Choosing to protect our natural resources is good for our environment and our economy. Right now we need deliberate and targeted action to stem the loss of our precious aquatic habitats,” said Maryland’s Ben Cardin, one of the sponsors.
“Our bill takes a comprehensive approach to stopping the single greatest cause of declining fish populations by stemming the decline of healthy aquatic ecosystems that are critical to all fish species. We need to encourage healthier habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife as well as safer recreational waters for Americans to swim, boat and fish.”
Idaho’s Mike Crapo, the other sponsor, added, “The legislation we’ve introduced stems from Senator Cardin’s and my shared goals of protecting, maintaining, and improving our fish habitats.
“Instead of creating new regulations and mandates, our bill fosters partnerships between federal, regional, and local stakeholders to work together to promote healthy and sustainable fish populations for our communities.”
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