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.

Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act Passes House

On April 30, the House passed HR 615, the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act. By prohibiting arbitrary bans on lead tackle (and ammo) in federally managed lands and waters, this important legislation will keep fishing both affordable and accessible for 54.5 million Americans who enjoy spending time on the water with family and friends. Thank you to Congressmen Rob Wittman, Chairman Bruce Westerman, and the 49 cosponsors who spearheaded this legislation.

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Florida Announces 103-day Red Snapper Season in Gulf of Mexico

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper. Florida can offer this long season due to data-driven management of the Red Snapper fishery on the Gulf Coast, which is not allowed by the Federal Government on the East Coast of the state. Consequently, the federal government’s expected Atlantic Red Snapper Season will last 0-2 days.

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South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Seeks Input on Mackerel

The South Atlantic Council manages important recreational and commercial fisheries, including king and Spanish mackerel. Members of the Council’s Mackerel Cobia Advisory Panel (AP) requested the Council hold a series of port meetings to gather more information on the Atlantic king and Spanish mackerel fisheries.

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ASA Helps Shape Federal Fisheries Funding Program

Last week, ASA’s Mike Leonard travelled to Honolulu, Hawaii for a meeting of the American Fisheries Advisory Committee (AFAC). Established by Congress in 2022, AFAC makes recommendations for Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition priorities and grant award funding. Leonard serves on AFAC as a representative of the Mid-Atlantic region’s fishing community.


About

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.