Fishing in Western New York is big business. In fact, according to visit Buffalo Niagara, it’s an $80 million industry.

Later this fall, the Costa Fishing League Worldwide Series is coming to Buffalo and Lake Erie in late-July. The tourism agency estimated the region will see $800,000 from the tournament alone. Already, 1200 hotel rooms have been booked.

“Fishing is truly big business for our destination and to have this investment into our largest recreational resource, Lake Erie, is just so important,” Visit Buffalo Niagara President Patrick Kaler said.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, joined Kaler and others Friday to announce legislation he said can help make the tournament a success and help the region continue to be a fishing destination.

The bill is specifically aimed at protecting and serving habitats for migratory fish, and in Schumer’s words, “keep the lake stocked.” The roughly $100 million in funding would support recreational fisheries and create programs for fish-friendly infrastructure.

“Sometimes you have to remove a dam. Sometimes you have to improve road crossings. Sometimes you have to construct this fish passageway so they can climb up there, swim up there,” Schumer said.

The funding would go toward all the Great Lakes and has support from senators in Great Lakes states like Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Schumer believes there’s a good chance the bill can pass with the federal budget in a few months.