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.

NFWF Accepting Proposals for Vessel Strike Avoidance Technology

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting proposals to promote the development and adoption of innovative technologies that can help reduce vessel strikes of the endangered North Atlantic right whale. NFWF anticipates awarding up to approximately $6 million in grants through this solicitation, pending availability of funding.

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Lead Tackle Ban Defeated in Minnesota, For Now

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned without passing a proposed statewide ban on lead tackle. ASA and our partners proudly worked with lawmakers to ensure that the ability for anglers to continue using traditional tackle was protected for another year. ASA will continue to work with the Minnesota Legislature to educate them on the importance of not unnecessarily restricting lead tackle, should measures like this resurface in the future.

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The Great Red Snapper Paradox

The federal season for Atlantic red snapper in 2024 is expected to be maybe two days, or perhaps no season at all. However, the data shows us that longer seasons and higher bag limits should be considered, given the abundance of snapper off the coast.

Click below to read the full story from Sport Fishing Magazine.

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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.