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.

Updated PFAS Reporting Requirements

The EPA recently finalized reporting requirements for PFAS under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The rule’s reporting obligations cover PFAS manufactured since January 1, 2011, requiring companies that have manufactured or imported PFAS and PFAS-containing articles to report information on their uses, production volumes, disposal, exposures, and hazards.

Stay up to date with the latest federal and state regulatory developments and requirements by visiting ASA’s PFAS Guide for Members below.

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Save the Right Whales with Technology, Not Regulation

NOAA has $82 million in funding from the Inflation Reduction Act allocated for the North Atlantic right whale, with which the agency can simultaneously recover the whales and accommodate America’s maritime community by utilizing commercial technology that is available now.

To rapidly scale up such a monitoring effort for right whales, NOAA could collaborate with others in the U.S. and Canada to deploy near-real-time passive acoustic detection and localization technology.

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Florida Lawmakers Recognized for Support of Right to Fish and Hunt Constitutional Amendment

Last week, 22 Florida legislators were recognized with awards for their sponsorship of 2023 legislation to establish a constitutional Right to Fish and Hunt, which would declare that fish and hunting “shall be preserved forever as a public right” and are the preferred means for “responsibly managing and controlling fish and wildlife.”

The awards were presented during a Conservation at the Capitol event hosted by a consortium of 20 sporting and conservation groups, including ASA and Keep Florida Fishing.

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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.