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.

Farm Bill Proposals Include Sportfishing Priorities

Recently, the House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairs released their respective frameworks for the 2024 Farm Bill Reauthorization. ASA and our partners are glad to see the inclusion of sportfishing priorities in the Bill’s Conservation and Forestry Titles.

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ASA’s Guyas Attends ICCAT Meeting in Brazil

Representing recreational fishing interests, ASA’s Southeast Fisheries Policy Director, Martha Guyas, joined the U.S. delegation in Natal, Brazil at a meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The multi-day meeting involved discussions around the future management of tropical tunas, such as yellowfin, bigeye, and skipjack. She was designated as alternate commissioner in January 2024.

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NOAA Designates Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary – Maintains Angling Opportunities

On June 3, NOAA designated 1,772 square miles of eastern Lake Ontario the nation’s 16th National Marine Sanctuary. ASA engaged throughout the designation process to ensure that fisheries management authority would not be impacted by the designation, and anglers would continue to be allowed access.

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NOAA’s Proposed Vessel-Speed Rule Would Devastate SC’s Coastal Economy

South Carolina’s coastal recreation economy is a powerhouse. A study by University of South Carolina economist Joey Von Nessen says boating and fishing in our state have a $6.5 billion economic impact, supporting 29,000 jobs annually, with $1.6 billion in labor income that would not exist without it. Our coastal communities thrive on recreational boating and fishing, but NOAA’s reckless proposal threatens to dismantle this vital sector.

Click below to read the full editorial from Tommy Hancock, owner and founder of Sportsman Boats.

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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.