In recognition of her work to promote recreational fishing, Sen. Ann Rivers has been named a “Legislator of the Year” by the Washington chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association.
In the announcement made today, CCA director Nello Picinich cited Rivers’ tireless efforts to advance the organization’s top-priority legislation during the 2015 legislative session.
“It was the first time a bill to prioritize recreational fishing was heard before a legislative committee,” said Picinich of Rivers’ success in having a Senate hearing scheduled on Senate Bill 5844. Over 60 recreational anglers attended the public hearing to show their support for the measure.
Picinich went on to recount how Rivers stood tall when challenged by other legislators on the merits of the bill, “Senator Rivers understands that recreational fishing is a big part of our economy here in southwest Washington.”
“In my legislative district alone, my neighbors and I make up over 13,000 recreational-fishing license holders. Not only are our marine waters a source of recreation, but they provide a huge economic driver for our area. I didn’t work to protect the interests of recreational anglers to receive an award, I did it because it is my job as a legislator,” said Rivers, R-La Center.
The CCA has 16 chapters throughout Washington. Its mission is to ensure, primarily through conservation and education efforts, that coastal resources are available for public enjoyment for years to come.