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 Applauds Passage of SHARKED Act

On February 5th, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Supporting the Health of Aquatic Systems through Research, Knowledge, and Enhanced Dialogue (SHARKED) Act (H.R. 4051). The SHARKED Act directs NOAA to create a task force to study shark depredation.

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America’s Conservation Enhancement Reauthorization Act Includes Big Wins for Sportfishing

Last week, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee leaders introduced the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Reauthorization Act. This sweeping legislation includes many priorities for the sportfishing industry, including fish habitat restoration and efforts to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Great Lakes Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Extend Great Lakes Protections

Members of the Great Lakes Task Force introduced the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2024, which extends this critical program for another five years through 2031 and increases annual funding levels from $475 million in 2026 to $500 million from 2027 through 2031.

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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.