Weekly Policy Watch Updates From The ASA

Your weekly look at how ASA’s government affairs team is hard at work supporting sound fisheries policies throughout the country.

Chesapeake Bay 2023 Juvenile Striped Bass Survey Results Announced

Maryland’s juvenile abundance index, which measures the reproductive success of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay, recorded its second-lowest value in the time series in 2023. This represents the fifth consecutive below-average spawn from the annual survey, which dates back to the 1950s. “To rebuild the striped bass population–let alone maintain a rebuilt condition—the entire striped bass fishery must participate in conservation and continued poor recruitment reinforces that point. ASA urges managers to reduce commercial landings and set equal limits for all recreational fishing modes as it finalizes Addendum II to the Fishery Management Plan this winter,” said ASA’s Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director Mike Waine.  Learn more

ASA President Glenn Hughes Highlights the SHARKED Act in Marlin Magazine

In case you missed it, last week ASA President Glenn Hughes highlighted the SHARKED Act and shark depredation in Marlin Magazine. Hughes discussed how mitigating shark depredation requires a multifaceted approach and noted how the SHARKED Act is a significant first step to helping anglers and fishery managers navigate shark encounters. Read here

Film Looks at How Conservation Partnerships Benefit our Nation’s Bass Fisheries

Produced by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), this cinematic video highlights how the Sport Fish Restoration Program has aided in the conservation of bass and provided outstanding bass fisheries and public access across the United States. The film creates an awareness of the Sport Fish Restoration Program and the opportunities for anglers and boaters that are made possible by excise taxes on angling equipment and fuel. This film is a product of the Partner with a Payer initiative. Watch here

ASA Government Affairs – Working For You

For 90 years, ASA had been looking out for the interests of the sportfishing industry and the entire recreational fishing community. ASA’s dedicated Government Affairs Team advocates on behalf of our nation’s fisheries, keeping more anglers on the water. Watch our video below to hear from ASA members on their advocacy work on Capitol Hill. Watch here


The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry and anglers a unified voice when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic, conservation and social values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 55 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing, our national angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for 800,000 people.