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 Introduction of MAPOceans Act

Last week, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the MAPOceans Act. Once enacted, MAPOceans tasks the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to digitize and make available location data related to federally managed waters, such as no-wake zones, anchor restrictions, or vessel speed restrictions. It will also include navigation information and real-time fishing restriction information, such as no-catch zones and full or partial closures.

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Louisiana Issues 1/2 Mile Buffer for Commercial Menhaden Fishing

Louisiana’s coastline, gamefish, and recreational angling opportunities will now receive greater protections from the industrial menhaden fishery after the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a revised Notice of Intent (NOI) at a Special Commission Meeting today in Baton Rouge.

The NOI expands the current ¼-mile no-fishing buffer zone, which prevents industrial menhaden harvest near the coast, to ½-mile coastwide.

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Waterways for All – Improving and Expanding Public Fishing and Boating Access

Clean water conservation, healthy fisheries, and easy public access to recreational fishing and boating opportunities are all made possible by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Funded through a federal excise tax on the sales of fishing equipment and motorboat fuel, manufacturers and anglers play vital roles in the success of the cyclical program.

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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.