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US President Trump vetoes bill to outlaw drift gillnets off California by Jim Hendricks January 06,2021   |  Source: Sport Fishing

President Donald Trump rang in the New Year by exercising his veto powers to sink Senate Bill 906, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which would have outlawed destructive drift gillnets from the last region of the country that still allows them—the federal ocean waters off California.

A letter signed by Trump that accompanied the veto sought to explain the reasons behind his action. “I am returning, without my approval, S. 906, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act,” it read. “America’s fishermen have made great sacrifices to ensure that our Nation’s marine fisheries are a sustainable economic engine for coastal communities. Under my Administration, the number of United States fish stocks subject to overfishing is at a historic low.

“This achievement is the result of a transparent and collaborative regulatory process that is supported by regional fishery management councils. At council meetings, fishermen work with Federal Government and State government representatives to meet their statutory obligations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.”

The Coastal Conservation Association of California had helped lead the final push for congressional passage of S. 906, which was introduced more than


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