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Kenai River Sportfishing Association
35093 Kenai Spur Highway
Soldotna, AK 99669
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Ask Alaska’s Senators to support the Modern Fish Act

Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (S. 1520 – Modern Fish Act) updates America's primary fishing law, the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA), through important changes to federal saltwater fishing regulations, including key provisions supported by a broad coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations. The Modern Fish Act will:

  • Increase fishing access and conservation
  • Adapt fisheries management approaches to fit recreational fishing
  • Improve data collection
  • Spur economic growth

Unfortunately, the existing legislation in MSA does not adequately differentiate between commercial and recreational fishing. The Modern Fish Act would correct this problem and provide a set of management tools better suited for recreational fishing.

Please use the letter form below to urge Alaska's U.S. Senators to support the Modern Fish Act.

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Subject line: {{Name}} supports Modernizing Federal Fisheries Management for Sport Anglers

Dear Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan,

I am writing to support the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (S. 1520), known as the Modern Fish Act. The legislation addresses many of the challenges faced by recreational anglers in federal marine waters. In federal fisheries management, recreational fishing is too often an afterthought, even though it is fundamentally different than commercial fishing. If enacted, S. 1520 would give saltwater recreational fishing the attention it deserves and revise the one-size-fits-all approach of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA).


The Modern Fish Act allows regional fish councils to consider more appropriate recreational fisheries management measures when hard-poundage annual catch limits (great for commercial fisheries) are not effective. It also eliminates arbitrary rebuilding timelines and replaces with a biologically-based timeline relative to individual species. Finally, it promotes discussion of more appropriate data collection methodology to improve management and conservation.

Through federal sportfishing excise taxes, state angler license fees and charitable donations, the sportfishing community provides significant funding ($1.5 billion annually) for fisheries management and conservation across the country. Anglers understand and support conservation of the resource. The Modern Fish Act will lift the unnecessary regulatory burden on recreational anglers while maintaining a conservation-based framework in federally managed marine waters. Modernizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act will ensure the fairness and sustainability of fishing practices in both recreational and commercial fishing sectors.

Please support the Modern Fish Act (S. 1520) and I encourage you to join as a co-sponsor of this landmark legislation.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my support on this important topic.

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