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.

Sportfishing Industry Testifies Before Congress on Importance of Youth Fishing

Mike Lum with ASA member Morton & Associates, and fundraising coordinator for Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea, will testify this Thursday during the House Committee on Natural Resource’s legislative hearing in support of the Youth Costal Fishing Program Act of 2023 (H.R. 3925). Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea focuses on providing educational fishing trips and marine awareness trips for disadvantaged, physically challenged, and at-risk youth.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Maria Salazar, (R-FL), and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-CA), would support youth fishing projects by establishing a grant program under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and prioritizing programs in underserved communities.

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Menhaden Getting Attention From Virginia Lawmakers

A bill before the Virginia General Assembly would fund a three-year study of the impact of industrial reduction fishing on Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

House Bill 19 (HB19) was introduced by Del. R. Lee Ware (R-VA 72nd District). The Virginia General Assembly convened for its 2024 session on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

The proposal would direct the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences to conduct a three-year-long study on Atlantic menhaden stocks, and how they are affected by reduction fishing.

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ASA Attends National Fish Habitat Partnership Meeting

ASA’s Inland Fisheries Policy Manager, Connor Bevan, joined regional partners for the December board meeting of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP), in Charleston, SC.

The NFHP meeting coincided with a meeting of the Federal Interagency Fish Passage Working Group, which convened to coordinate the implementation of fish passage programs passed in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This interagency group has been tasked with implementing more than $2 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for culvert replacement, dam removal and road and trail remediation projects. To date, more than $530 million has been administered for almost 400 projects.

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Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Revive Pebble Mine

On January 8, 2024, the Supreme Court rejected Alaska’s bid to revive the contentious copper and gold mine that was blocked by the Environmental Protection Agency.

A year ago, the EPA stopped the mine proposal, citing concerns with potential impacts on a rich aquatic ecosystem that supports the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.

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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.