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.

Get Involved in Forage Fish Management

Atlantic herring are a critical food source for striped bass, bluefin tuna, and many other recreationally important species. Unfortunately, the commercial midwater trawling fleet, which accounts for most herring landings, could be outcompeting those predators for food and creating conflicts with other user groups who rely on herring availability in nearshore areas.

Tell the New England Fishery Management Council to support buffer zones and time closures for commercial Atlantic herring fishing.

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ASA Appreciates Inclusion of Sportfishing Opportunities in Meeting U.S. Conservation Goals

On Friday, April 19, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released the American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas, which includes a preliminary framework for tracking progress towards President Biden’s national goal of protecting, conserving, or restoring at least 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. ASA and partners engaged heavily with the Administration to ensure these conservation efforts recognize the importance of maintaining and enhancing recreational fishing access. We are pleased that the Atlas includes consideration of areas, such as National Marine Sanctuaries, in which recreational fishing is allowed.

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Mixed Regulations for 2024 Pacific Salmon, Rockfish Seasons

The April Meeting of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) closed after days of discussions on salmon and nearshore rockfish management. 2024 will be another mixed year for Pacific salmon fishing, with opportunities ranging from full seasons to complete closures.

Click below to read our latest blog from ASA’s Pacific Fisheries Policy Director, Larry Phillips.

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Martha Guyas Featured on The Woman Angler & Adventurer Podcast

ASA’s Southeast Fisheries Policy Director, Martha Guyas, was the featured guest on the most recent episode of The Woman Angler & Adventurer Podcast. Martha joined host, Angie Scott, to discuss current issues facing the region’s fisheries and opportunities for anglers to engage.

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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.