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.

Bipartisan LAKES Act Introduced in The House

Representatives Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Jared Huffman (D-CA), recently introduced the Lake Access Keeping Economies Strong (LAKES) Act (H.R. 6906). This bipartisan, bicameral bill – companion to legislation introduced in 2023 by Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) – would improve outdoor recreation facilities in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)-managed areas, provide new opportunities for public-private investments, and give local districts more flexibility to reinvest their resources.

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California Proposes New Changes to Prop 65 Labelling

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently noticed a proposed rulemaking to upend short-form warnings under Prop 65. Among its many changes, OEHHA’s proposal would require all short-form warnings to include at least one chemical on the label. Prop 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. ASA recently joined the California Chamber of Commerce, the Consumer Brands Association and dozens of national and state organizations in a letter to OEHHA outlining our numerous concerns with these burdensome and unnecessary proposed changes.

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ASA’s Larry Phillips appointed to Advisory Group

Pacific Fisheries Director Larry Phillips was recently appointed to the Columbia River Recreational Advisory Group. The purpose of the group is to advise Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife on issues affecting recreational salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fisheries in the Columbia River.

Larry’s appointment is a welcome addition to the group and increases ASA’s footprint and advocacy opportunities on the west coast.

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $100 Million for Projects to Restore the Indian River Lagoon

In a news release, Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced the first awards through the newly established Indian River Lagoon Protection Program, which will provide $100 million in state funding to support 21 water quality projects that will reduce the amount of harmful nutrients entering the lagoon. The projects will include investments in wastewater treatment upgrades, septic-to-sewer connections, stormwater treatment and other needed restoration projects.

“We applaud Governor DeSantis’ continued commitment to programs that seek to improve the water quality of the Indian River Lagoon, a unique ecosystem and a jewel amongst Florida’s many waterways,” said Martha Guyas, Southeast Fisheries Policy Director for the American Sportfishing Association. “Ensuring that residents and visitors alike have access to clean water and abundant fisheries is critical to fueling Florida’s angling economy, which supports small businesses and more than 119,000 jobs across the state.”

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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.