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.

ACE Reauthorization Act Passes U.S. Senate

Last week, Members of the United States Senate voted in favor of the bipartisan America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Reauthorization Act (S. 3791). This critical legislation includes many priorities for the sportfishing industry, including funding for fish habitat restoration, pollution reduction in the Chesapeake Bay, invasive species management, and the protection of traditional tackle.

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ASA Featured on Wet Fly Swing Podcast

ASA’s Inland Fisheries Policy Director, Connor Bevan, was featured on the most recent episode of the Wet Fly Swing Podcast with host, Dave Stewart. Connor and Dave discuss current issues facing our nation’s fisheries and what ASA is doing to enhance and protect America’s recreational fishing opportunities.

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Florida Anglers Applaud New 103-day Red Snapper Season

“State management of Gulf red snapper and Florida’s investment in better recreational data via the State Reef Fish Survey has been an absolute game changer. Just a few years ago, the Gulf recreational season was just a handful of days in federal waters, so this 103-day season for Florida Gulf anglers is worth celebrating,” said Martha Guyas, ASA Southeast Fisheries Policy director.

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Commission Selects Dr. Debbie Colbert as New ODFW Director

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to select Dr. Debbie Colbert as the new ODFW Director. Colbert will lead an agency managing sustainable fishing opportunities while addressing modern conservation challenges affecting fish and wildlife in Oregon.

“Given her exceptional track record of dedicated public service, commitment to science-based management, and understanding of the social and economic importance of natural resource management, I believe that Debbie Colbert is the ideal candidate for this important position” said Larry Phillips, ASA’s Pacific Fisheries Policy Director.

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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.