Rep Allen West, Rep Southerland and 3000 Fisherman Rally at Capitol

Southerland, other congressmen, support changes to federal regulations

The Keep Fishermen Fishing Rally was held in an effort to protect the rights of families whose livelihood depends on access to U.S. fisheries. The ultimate goal was to spark an amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the law governing fisheries regulations in the U.S. that fishermen say is singlehandedly pushing many American fishing families out of the business

Florida District 22 Rep. Allen West pulled Jacob Glantzman on stage during his speech as the basis for what they were fighting for.

“This is what it’s all about— you’re the reason we’re all here,” West said. “So that this young man can step up like his father and forefathers did.”

West said strict government regulations from NOAA are shattering the ability for children to follow in their parents’ footsteps.

“When you look at it, it’s not just fishermen, it’s also farmers,” West said. “We are destroying the next generation of entrepreneurs in this country. That’s what we’re here for. Washington, D.C., with its onerous regulations, is crushing the American dream.”


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