Congressman Jolly's Folly
Anyone who thinks that NMFS is an objective third-party data collector isn't someone in the corner of recreational fishing in Florida. To give NMFS an extra $10M per year to tuck away while continuing to inhibit recreational fishing access and to dictate closures and more restrictive regulations is going to be raised as an issue in the upcoming election by those familiar with political issues affecting conservation.
Bills like this by Jolly demonstrate what can happen when a candidate (he's running for the U.S. senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio) tries to pander to recreational anglers and instead ends up revealing total ignorance of fisheries issues. A concerted effort will be made to block this onerous bill if it's again pushed by Jolly or others as part of the federal fisheries data collection measures -- which have been mired in bias for decades.