Fishermen Rally on Capitol Hill

March 21, 2012, 2:58 p.m.

Hun­dreds of fish­er­men gathered on Cap­it­ol Hill on Wed­nes­day to protest reg­u­la­tions that they say hurt their busi­nesses and live­li­hoods.

At is­sue are catch lim­its and spe­cies pro­tec­tions im­posed un­der the Mag­nuson-Stevens Fish­ery Con­ser­va­tion and Man­age­ment Act. Many fish­er­men say that the re­stric­tions is­sued by the Na­tion­al Ocean­ic and At­mo­spher­ic Ad­min­is­tra­tion make it hard for them to make a liv­ing on the high seas.

Com­mer­cial and re­cre­ation­al fish­er­men from across the coun­try gathered in the Up­per Sen­ate Park and heard mes­sages of sup­port from coastal-state law­makers.