Burning Question: Is the Obama administration coming for your fishing rod?

Advocates for American anglers are getting a little nervous about an Obama adminstration task force's effort to develop a strategy for ""marine spatial planning."

Over at ESPN Outdoors, Robert Montgomery writes that the administration "will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters."

That might be someting of a stretch. The task force hasn't said it will target sport fishing, but, Montgomery says, it hasn't explicitly said it won't, either. "The task force has shown no overt dislike of recreational angling, but its indifference to the economic, social and biological value of the sport has been deafening," he writes.

Culled out
(ESPN Outdoors)

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