Planned protest seeks Magnuson-Stevens reform

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Recreational and commercial fishermen will gather on March 21 near the U.S. Capitol in support of sensible reform of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.

According to the Recreational Fishing Alliance, which is helping to organize this year's event, permitting efforts have been under way for weeks and official details about the organized protest will be made public in the coming days.

A rally on Feb. 24, 2010, under a United We Fish banner brought 5,000 recreational, commercial and party/charter vessel owners and others in associated businesses from all over the country to Washington. More than two dozen members of the Senate and the House of Representatives addressed the crowd.

The March 21 rally is being billed as Keep Fishermen Fishing, and once again it will unite the commercial and recreational sectors under one common message: “Reform Magnuson now.”

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