07May Rep. Wendzel nets Steelheaders support for bill Categories: Wendzel News State Representative Pauline Wendzel has joined with Representatives Jim Lilly and Jack O’Malley to introduce legislation to modernize commercial fishing regulations in Michigan.“Sportfishing produces an economic output of over $3.7 billion and supports nearly 28,000 jobs across our state,” Wendzel said. “Michigan has some of the most precious natural resources in the world, and it’s important that we have modern regulations in place to protect our resources and ensure that people continue coming into our state to spend tourism dollars that support local communities.”Rep. Wendzel’s bill has netted early support from one of Michigan’s largest angling conservation organizations. Dennis Eade, Executive Director of the Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fishermen’s Association, is voicing strong support of Rep. Wendzel’s legislation. “The Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen’s Association fully supports Rep. Wendzel’s legislation to establish a commercial fishing statue that protects game fish, regulates gear used to take fish and establishes penalties which will protect our sport fishery. We have gone far too long with an antiquated statute that failed to establish best practices when it comes to harvesting fish in the Great Lakes.”“Our local sport fishermen support over 1800 jobs right here in Southwest Michigan,” Wendzel said. “My bill will protect Michigan’s natural resources and jobs right here in Berrien County.”House Bills 4567-4569 are now before the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation for further consideration.