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.

ASA and Conservation Partners Speak Out for Striped Bass

Last week, after months of public hearings, the ASMFC’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Board) met to finalize Addendum II which contains management changes for the 2024 striped bass season. Action on Addendum II follows a May 2023 decision where the Board voted 15-1 to evoke emergency action to address rising fishing mortality rates resulting from increased catches in 2022.

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Louisiana Proposes Rule Change for Commercial Menhaden Fishing

At least 44 large-scale menhaden spills have happened in Louisiana waters over the past four years, with the tally rising from just two in 2020 to 18 last year. In response to these incidents, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is considering a rule change to expand the coastwide buffer for commercial menhaden fishing from ¼ mile to a mile offshore. The vote will take place on Thursday, February 1.

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A Step Forward for Everglades Restoration

Last week, Martha Guyas, southeast fisheries policy director for ASA, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the filling of the first cell of the 6,500-acre Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Stormwater Treatment Area. The EAA Reservoir will help move clean water south which nourishes the Everglades, replenishes Florida’s aquifers, and supports Florida Bay. Additionally, the reservoir will help to reduce harmful discharges to the St. Lucie River, the Caloosahatchee River, and the Lake Worth Lagoon.

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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.