The National Fish Habitat Partnership’s (NFHP) mission “is to protect, restore and enhance the nation’s fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people.” To date, the partnership has completed over 840 projects touching waterways in all 50 states.

With the help of bill sponsors from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, the “National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act” has been introduced in both houses of Congress. We will update this article as the bill advances.

From the National Fish Habitat Partnership:

“The recreational fishing industry and conservation partners of the National Fish Habitat Partnership, applaud the sponsors of the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act, as the bill was introduced in both the House and the Senate (S.754) this week.  This legislation aims to codify the National Fish Habitat Partnership, whose mission is to protect, restore and enhance the nation’s fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people.  Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) in the House, and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) introduced these bipartisan bills on March 12, 2019.

‘We appreciate both the House and Senate sponsors of these bills that are critical to codify the National Fish Habitat Action Plan,’ said Ed Schriever, Director of the Idaho Department of Fish & Game and Chair of the National Fish Habitat Board. ‘This legislation is critical to keep the National Fish Habitat Partnership, which was established in 2006, moving forward and will ensure that needed funding goes to support on-the-ground conservation projects of our partnerships across the U.S.’

The introduction of this legislation is the culmination of efforts of partners including, Trout Unlimited, the American Sportfishing Association, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies among others to sustain support for the conservation projects being implemented by our Fish Habitat Partnerships across the United States.”

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