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.

Updates on NOAA’s Proposed Vessel Speed Restrictions

Recently, ASA’s Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director, Mike Waine, joined Viking Yachts to explore onboard technology safety features that have meaningful benefits in conserving the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Instead of limiting fishing and boating along the entire East Coast for six months each year, tools such as infrared cameras, passive acoustic monitoring, and forward-facing sonar can be used today to reduce strike risk to right whales.

Click below to hear Mike Waine describe the alternatives to vessel speed reductions.

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EXPLORE Act Passes House of Representatives

With a unanimous vote, Congress showed its support for improving fishing access as well as upgrading facilities and infrastructure at federal lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests.

Roughly one out of six Americans go fishing each year, and many choose to do so on federally managed rivers, lakes, and beaches. ASA and our members in the sportfishing industry thank Chairman Westerman, Ranking Member Grijalva, and the 50 additional bipartisan cosponsors for their leadership on this important legislation.

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MAPOceans Act Introduced in the House

Last week, Congressmen D’Esposito and Levin introduced the bipartisan Modernizing Access to Our Public Oceans (MAPOceans) Act. This bill would provide for the standardization, publication, and accessibility of data relating to public outdoor recreational use of Federal waterways. Digitizing information about Federal waterways and fishing restrictions is a crucial step toward ensuring the safety of recreational boaters and anglers off our Nation’s coasts.

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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.