Judge Rules Against Anglers
Date posted: March 30, 2017
The FRA and two individuals filed a lawsuit to stop Amendment 40’s gifting of the angler’s recreational fishing quota (CATCH SHARES) to ‘fishing vessels’.
Today, in what appears to be a flawed ruling, (seriously, it begins with the listing of a defendant who is not even a defendant) a judge denied the FRA’s request to reverse Amendment 40.
The judge seemed to lose sight of the absurdity of the concept of taking recreational fishing rights (‘quota’ is the right to catch those fish) from anglers and giving it to ‘fishing vessels’. An angler might ask “If a fishing vessel gets recreational fishing rights, is my vessel entitled to posses the same daily recreational bag limit as me and my friends?”
You may be asking “Will the FRA appeal this ruling?” Consider that it took the Environmental Defense Fund and their thieving pals 10 years and at least $100,000,000 to get this far. While easily outspent by ten thousand to one, the FRA has fought to hold the line for the recreational angling community and industry. We’ve done it not for money, but for what is fair and right.
- Protect your fishing rights
- Ensure sound fisheries management
- Maximize your opportunity to fish