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.

Tell Congress – Support Traditional Tackle

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on H.R. 615, the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act. This bill would prohibit federal land management agencies from arbitrarily banning the use of traditional lead tackle on public lands and waters. It would support science-based management and ensure that state fish and wildlife agencies are given the proper authority to inform these decisions.

Tell Congress to vote “YES” on the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act today!

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Sen. Wicker, Rep. Graves Lead Bicameral, Bipartisan Letter to NOAA Asking for Better Data

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) – along with U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-TX), U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chair Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and 20 other bipartisan Members of Congress – urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to modernize the data used by the National Marine Fisheries Service and bring better science to the table for fisheries management.

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ASA Attends White House Water Summit

Last week, ASA’s Inland Fisheries Policy Director, Connor Bevan, attended the White House Water Summit, hearing from key Biden Administration officials and agency leadership on the recently announced America the Beautiful Freshwater Challenge. The Administration’s Freshwater Challenge aims to partner with states, tribes, cities and local organizations to restore and reconnect 8 million acres of wetlands and 100,000 miles of waterways.

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Martha Guyas Joins Panhandle Outdoors to Talk Amendment 2

ASA’s Southeast Fisheries Policy Director, Martha Guyas, joined legendary host Winston Chester and the Panhandle Outdoors crew to talk about Florida’s Amendment 2 – enshrining the right to hunt and fish in the state’s constitution. Check out the full episode below.

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ASA Hosts Annual Government Affairs Committee Meeting in DC

Last week, more than two dozen members from across the country joined ASA staff for our annual Government Affairs Committee Meeting. We were proud to announce some hard-earned legislative victories during the 118th Congress and discuss future policy goals for the remainder of this session. After a day and a half of meetings, Committee members joined ASA staff to meet with 18 Congressional offices to advocate for ASA priorities – clean water, abundant fisheries, and access to both.


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.