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.

Georgia HB 1172 Threatens Access to State’s Waters for Fishing

A new bill threatens Georgians’ access to navigable streams statewide. HB 1172 would make it unclear where and how the public can fish, hunt, or traverse through streams. If passed, it could create barriers to public access and cause confusion over where you can and can’t fish.

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New Rules for Whale Protection Could Affect East North Carolina Charters

Increased regulations designed to save endangered North Atlantic Right Whales from being hit by boats could have a huge impact on charter businesses here in Eastern North Carolina. Members of the NC Congressional Delegation are coming out against the new regulations.

Eastern Carolina’s congressional delegation joined other East Coast delegates in writing a letter opposing the amendments.

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ASA Attends 2024 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa

Last week, ASA joined professional anglers in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 2024 Bassmaster Classic. In addition to the tournament, we met with members to discuss pressing conservation issues, experience the newest products, and engage with the sportfishing community on the future of our industry. 

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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.