Industry Testifies Before Congress on Importance of Youth Fishing

Mike Lum, who is with American Sportfishing Association member Morton & Associates, and fundraising coordinator for Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea, was scheduled to testify yesterday during the House Committee on Natural Resources’ legislative hearing in support of the Youth Coastal Fishing Program Act of 2023 (H.R. 3925). Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea focuses on providing educational fishing trips and marine awareness trips for disadvantaged, physically challenged, and at-risk youth.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Maria Salazar (R-Florida) and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-California), would support youth fishing projects by establishing a grant program under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and prioritizing programs in underserved communities.

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