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.

EXPLORE Act Introduced in U.S. House

On November 29, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act. This bipartisan legislation is a companion bill to the Senate’s America’s Outdoor Recreation Act. Together, these bills will expand access and create new opportunities for Americans to get outside and enjoy the unparalleled beauty of our public lands.

“Congress has a tremendous opportunity to bolster the nation’s $1.1 trillion outdoor recreation economy through passage of the EXPLORE Act,” said Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association. “Well managed and accessible federal lands are vital to recreational fishing and boating, which is the largest contributor to the outdoor recreation economy. The sportfishing industry thanks Chair Westerman, Ranking Member Grijalva, Chair Tiffany and Ranking Member Neguse for championing this important effort.”

Tell your Members of Congress to support this important legislation today!

ASA Supports Regional Recreational Committee

ASA and its coalition partners are supporting establishing a recreational committee at the New England Fishery Management Council. The proposed Recreational Committee will create a more collaborative dialogue that extends beyond the prevailing focus on groundfish-related discussions. This allows recreational expertise and input on crucial aspects such as the National Recreational Fisheries Policy, MRIP findings, ecosystem-based strategies, and innovative approaches to resilient fishery management amidst changing climate patterns. The committee can also work on emerging issues including shifting fish populations, predator-prey dynamics, and the substantial influence of climate fluctuations on the northeast’s aquatic ecosystems.

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Fishing Industry Executives Inform and Thank Anglers for Being “Primary Funders of Conservation”

During ICAST 2023, Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) partnered with ASA and top industry manufacturers to better inform and thank anglers for leading the way in conservation funding.

ASA President Glenn Hughes noted; “We have such a successful funding model that sustains healthy fisheries across the U.S. that folks need to know how it works. State wildlife agencies, fishing industry manufacturers and everyday anglers have been making conservation work for nearly a century and ASA is happy to help spread that message.”

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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.