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Rubio touts recreational fishing in Daytona Beach

Marco Rubio tours Costa Del Mar in Daytona Beach

Alex Leary | Times

Marco Rubio tours Costa Del Mar in Daytona Beach



DAYTONA BEACH - Marco Rubio toured a growing polarized sunglass manufacturing business on Tuesday and used the opportunity to highlight a bill he and Sen. Bill Nelson are pushing to prevent a planned closure of recreational fishing within Biscayne National Park.

Dave Bulthuis, an executive at Costa Del Mar, is chairman of the American Sportfishing Association. Rubio, who recreational fishes with his family, toured the growing plant in an industrial park, a gaggle of reporters in tow.

"It's a great American brand," Rubio said. "What people don't realize about the recreational fishing component of Florida's economy is that it extends beyond fishing."

Regarding fishing regulations, he said: "We want to make sure that at a minimum the local fish and wildlife authorities are involved in the conversation because it could have a devastating impact on the economy. Often times a fishery is put off limits for fishing based on bad science."

He said 150,000 jobs in Florida are tied to the industry.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 4:41pm]


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