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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:16AM

Sen. Rubio charts course for Magnuson reauthorization

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Local supporters turned out Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 to see Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, left, kick off his "Road to Reclaim America" bus tour at Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola. U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla, right, was also on hand to stump for Rubio. (AP Photo/The News Journal, Katie King)

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The latest hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act took an encouraging turn last week as it became clear that something must be done to address shortcomings in the law as it relates to the management of recreational fisheries.

“I think the biggest take away from the testimony we will hear today is that Magnuson-Stevens, as currently drafted, simply does not work for the recreational fishing community,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Faced with concerns over allocation and uncertain seasons — in some cases in the South Atlantic, no season at all — our recreational fishermen have lost any semblance of faith in the federal management system.”

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