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.

ASA Meets with White House to Discuss North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Speed Restriction Rule

On May 20, ASA’s Mike Leonard, Vice President of Government Affairs, and Mike Waine, Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director, met with staff from the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to share our concerns with the overreaching vessel speed restriction rule being sought by NOAA. The two focused their comments on the rule’s flawed economic analysis and risk assessment. Watch the video below to learn more about our opposition to this proposed rule.

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Opportunity and Access in Kentucky

The funding that comes from the Sport Fish Restoration Act plays a critical role in developing and enhancing opportunities for anglers and boaters nationwide. Check out this video highlighting Sport Fish Restoration work led by KDFWR staff to discover how these initiatives not only promote engagement but also ensure the sustainability of fish and wildlife conservation efforts.

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ASA Prepares to Weigh in on Atlantic Cod

In early May, ASA’s Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director, Mike Waine, attended an Atlantic cod management transition workshop hosted by the New England Fishery Management Council. The workshop was an early look at a two-phase plan to transition from two cod stocks to a new four stock model supported by recent scientific findings and genetic analysis. A management track assessment is scheduled for later this year which will provide stock status determinations for the newly identified four stock units. However preliminary data suggest the Atlantic cod stocks are still in need of rebuilding.


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.