Statement from Share the Gulf Co-Chair, Chef Nick Wallace
(Dec. 19, 2018 – Jackson, Mississippi) After months of deliberation, including advocacy by Share the Gulf coalition members, Congress has passed S. 1520, also known as the “Modern Fish Act.” The final version of the bill represents a compromise that answers the calls for action from recreational fishermen without hurting commercial fishermen, tourists, chefs, and countless others who rely on our Gulf fisheries, and without thwarting conservation. The bill will now move to the President for his signature.
“While many groups, including Share the Gulf, had serious concerns with the “Modern Fish Act”, the final version of the bill does not include the harmful provisions that spurred opposition. What the fishermen, chefs, and the thousands of Share the Gulf coalition members who advocated on this bill want, are policies that help recreational anglers without undermining conservation or hindering access for anyone who depends on Gulf fisheries.
“Fishing and seafood are important to our economy, heritage, and our way of life in the Gulf. As a chef, I know that access to local fish for seafood-lovers is critical, but maintaining smart policies that keep anglers coming to the Gulf is also important. We have seen an incredible comeback here in the Gulf with fish like red snapper, and I hope our leaders in Washington and down here in the Gulf can continue to work together to keep our fisheries strong and accessible to all Gulf residents.”
– Chef Nick Wallace, Share the Gulf Co-Chair, Jackson, Mississippi