ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 3, 2020 – The Center for Sportfishing Policy, the nation’s leading advocate for saltwater recreational anglers, elected BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water President Chris Edmonston to a three-year term on the group’s board of directors. Edmonston was one of 14 members recently elected to various terms at the Center’s board meeting.
The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) organizes and engages recreational fishing stakeholders to shape federal marine fisheries management policies. The nonpartisan organization focuses on having an impact in the national political arena, principally Congress and federal regulatory agencies.
“I look forward to serving with this esteemed group and contributing to the important work it does for America’s anglers,” said Edmonston. “Recreational fishing is one of the top activities aboard a boat, and for a lot of boat owners, it influences how we live our lives and recreate on the water.”
Elected with Edmonston to the CSP board were president of Pure Fishing, Dave Bulthuis; National Marine Manufacturers Association president Frank Hugelmeyer and past president Thom Dammrich; International Game Fish Association president Jason Schratwieser; Bass Pro Shops general manager John Paul Morris; and Coastal Conservation Association chairman Mitch Brownlee, among others.
Some recent CSP efforts include advocating for more transparency and fairness for recreational anglers on striped bass fishing regulations, supporting conservation efforts and reducing barotrauma fish mortality by requiring descending devices for catch-and-release fishing; and supporting last year's passage of the Modern Fish Act.
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About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 36 free state courses – can be found at BoatUS.org/Courses.