Long Island, NY - July 12, 2018 - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) helped secure House passage of the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R. 200), the biggest fishing reform legislation to pass Congress in over a decade.
This bill improves federal fisheries law so that regulations and quotas can be more transparent, equitable, and fair. H.R. 200 also improves data collection and science and ends the current arbitrary ten year rebuilding timeline, by replacing it with a more flexible approach that helps fishermen while preserving important fisheries.
H.R. 200 includes Rep. Zeldin’s amendment to permit striped bass fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between Montauk, New York, and Block Island, Rhode Island, allowing local control over the fishery.