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.

Congressman Bruce Westerman  joins ASA for Conversation on Fisheries Policy

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and ASA’s VP of Government Affairs, Mike Leonard, touch on a few of the most pressing topics facing the sport today, including youth participation, proposed bans on traditional tackle, and the $148 billion economic contribution sportfishing provides for communities across the country. Click below to watch the full interview.

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ASA Introduces Sustainability Toolkit

ASA is excited to release our new Sustainability Toolkit, prepared by Rick Crawford, sustainability expert and President of Emerger Strategies. Recognizing changing market trends and consumer shifts toward more sustainable products, this Toolkit provides a pathway for businesses of all sizes to begin their sustainability journey. It also includes business case studies from ASA members who have undertaken sustainability initiatives.

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Why Red Snapper in the Atlantic May Not be Coming Home for Dinner

Despite evidence to the contrary, the Atlantic red snapper fishery remains unattainable for most anglers. While state managed fisheries are offering 100+ day seasons in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic season may last only 2 days at most in 2024. Click the link below to read more from Ed Killer in his latest TCPalm article.

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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