For the record, Yamaha spends significant energy and resources on corporate social responsibility, sponsoring the Yamaha Marine Plastics Initiative which aims to reduce the amount of plastics in our coastal and ocean waters. Yamaha also supports and advocates for the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act to phase out the use of indiscriminate mile-long, large-mesh drift nets in our oceans.
Yet still, Mighty Earth attacks Yamaha and says MSA must be protected as-is because “the United States benefits from one of the most sustained and profitable fisheries management systems in the world.” Profitable for who? What type of “environmental steward” advocates for protecting the monopoly the commercial fishing corporations have on a public resource? Surely, an environmentally-focused group must know that miles of longlines with thousands of hooks pillaging our ocean’s spawning areas causes more harm to our nation’s fisheries than anything you can buy at Bass Pro Shop.
I expect my colleagues in Congress will continue the tradition of bipartisan collaboration with regards to the future of our public resources and access for recreational activities. As this debate continues, I hope people will see through the claims of advocacy groups who are working to protect the monopoly of the commercial fishing corporations at the expense of our oceans, local economies, and the American sportsmen.
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, represents Georgia’s 8th Congressional District. He is House Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.