Want to stay up to date on the legislative and regulatory issues impacting the sportfishing industry, but short on time? ASA has the solution.

While you’re commuting, exercising or enjoying some downtime, check out the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) The Politics of Fish podcast. Released every two weeks, the podcast provides interviews with experts in natural resource policy about the complexities behind the legislative and regulatory issues that impact fisheries management and the entire recreational fishing community.

Over the last eight months, host Mike Leonard has welcomed a wide array of members of the sportfishing community including policymakers, conservationists, manufacturers and members of the ASA Government Affairs team.

Recent episodes have featured the following guests and topics:

April
Jessica (Wahl) Turner, President of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) highlights the value of unifying the outdoor recreation industry.

May
Jesse Simpkins, Vice President of Marketing at St. Croix Rods and the Chairmain of ASA’s Board of Directors discusses the importance of engaging the sportfishing community and how to bring the community together.

Kurt Thiede, Government Affairs Director of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, explains the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a once-in-a-generation fish and wildlife conservation bill, and the ongoing implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Sam Snyder, Senior Campaign Manager with the Wild Salmon Center, on the importance of Alaska’s Bristol Bay fishery and why we need to protect this important region from a proposed copper and gold mine.

June
ASA Exclusive – This special edition of the podcast features the entire ASA Government Affairs team as they discuss the top national and regional issues affecting the sportfishing industry.

July
Martha Guyas, ASA’s Southeast Fisheries Policy Director, dives into the red snapper management issues in the Gulf and South Atlantic and explains why there is mistrust between anglers and managers, particularly the federal government.

Kaden McArthur, Government Relations Manager at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, explains how a recent bill would undermine the Wildlife Restoration Program, which is paid for by the federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition.

In addition to the above episodes, information on previous episodes of the podcast may be found here.

The Politics of Fish is free and is available on all major podcast channels including Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Podbay. Thank you for your continued support and thanks for listening.