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.

Senate Unanimously Advances Bipartisan Conservation Bill

The sportfishing industry applauds the passage of the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Reauthorization Act (S. 3791) by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The bipartisan legislation received unanimous approval and includes ASA priorities to bolster fish habitat protections and improve access to fishing.

“We’d like to thank Chairman Carper, Ranking Member Capito, and the rest of the Committee for realizing the benefits these programs have for anglers and businesses that rely on intact fish habitat and clean water,” said Mike Leonard, Vice President of Government Affairs at ASA.

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ASA Advocates for a Full Stock Assessment of California Quillback Rockfish in 2025

California quillback rockfish took center stage during the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) meeting in Fresno, California. ASA’s Pacific Fisheries Policy Director, Larry Phillips, joined other members of the recreational fishing industry and the Council to discuss the future management of this important sport fish species.

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Kentucky SB3 Threatens Fish and Wildlife Conservation Funding

Kentucky’s fisheries attract anglers from across the country. Funded by anglers and sportsmen, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) manages these fisheries, keeping fishing opportunities abundant across the Bluegrass State.

SB3 poses a serious risk to the future of the KDFWR by attaching the KDFWR to the Department of Agriculture, enabling the Commissioner of Agriculture to fill the seats of the KDFWR Commission and opening the department up to political interests.

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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.