Senate Environment and Public Works Passes Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met January 20, to consider S.659, The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. The Partnership is happy to report that, after much discussion in committee, the bill passed as amended (12-8 vote). One of the Amendments included in the Bill was the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act. The committee took affirmative action on the following priorities:

- Codification and support of the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act. Passed by Unanimous Consent (UC).

March 2016 National Fish Habitat Board Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of National Fish Habitat Board meeting will take place in Arlington, VA all day Tuesday, March 8th (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) and a half-day Wednesday, March 9th (8:30 am – 12:00 pm) at The Nature Conservancy’s headquarters offices (4245 North Fairfax Drive, across the street from the Ballston Metro station). Please note that the first session of the Board meeting, Tuesday, March 8th (8:30 am – 10:00 am), will be an executive session of all Board members and Board staff, and is closed to the public. The remainder of the Board meeting (Tuesday, March 8th, 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Wednesday, March 9th, 8:30 am-12:00 pm) will be open to the public.

Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Seeks Black Sea Bass Project Proposals

The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership is seeking research and/or restoration proposals to address black sea bass habitat issues in the Mid-Atlantic region (from Long Island Sound to Cape Hatteras), with an emphasis on the use of natural and/or artificial reefs and their ability to maintain and enhance fishery productivity. Projects can range from 12 – 24 months in length, and should include guaranteed monitoring for at least three years.

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