Mississippi needs sport fisheries legislation to sustain significant funding

Mississippi needs sport fisheries legislation to sustain significant funding

Guest columnist Mississippi is very fortunate to have U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker representing our state and nation. He has championed the conservation and sportsmen’s agenda since he was elected to Congress in 1994. He grew up in Mississippi’s outdoors and values the important lessons and experiences people gain from being out in the woods or on the water. He has consistently represented the interests of hunters, anglers, and gun owners by supporting policies that protect our Second Amendment rights, promote conservation, minimize burdensome or unnecessary regulations, and expand access to public lands and waters. Like me, he values the importance of Mississippi’s waters — whether to boat, fish for recreation, catch a mess for a fish fry, or just get away from everyone else during the pandemic. Earlier this year, Wicker introduced the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act — a critical bill that will sustain the most significant funding for state-based fisheries conservation — in the U. S. Senate. It passed the Senate Commerce Committee on June 16. While moving it through Senate Commerce Committee, Wicker worked to safeguard the fund by ensuring that funding intended to increase access for recreational fishing and boating is not required to go through a burdensome approval process. Alligator hunting in Mississippi: Low water could impact season, so here’s what to know In more good news, this bill is moving through Washington quickly. On Aug. 10, the Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a long talked about infusion […]

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