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.

Single Day South Atlantic Red Snapper Season Reinforces Need for Substantial Management Changes

NOAA Fisheries announced a one-day Atlantic recreational red snapper season for 2024, which will occur on Friday, July 12. The American Sportfishing Association is very disappointed with NOAA Fisheries’ decision to once again reduce Atlantic red snapper harvest opportunities despite scientific evidence that red snapper are more abundant now than they have been in most people’s lifetimes and that the fishery continues to improve ahead of expectations.

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Keep Florida Fishing Applauds Florida Budget that Supports Water Quality and Conservation

Keep Florida Fishing applauds Governor Ron DeSantis for signing the Fiscal Year 2024 – 2025 budget that includes funding for numerous projects and initiatives that will support fisheries habitat and water quality in Florida, and ultimately help Florida’s sportfishing community thrive.

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ASA Attends Pacific Fisheries Management Council Meeting

ASA’s Pacific Fisheries Policy Director, Larry Phillips, joined partners at the quarterly Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting last week in San Diego, CA. Notable items on the meeting agenda included Pacific salmon management in California’s Sacramento River, groundfish management in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the adoption of a final list of groundfish stocks for assessments, including a benchmark assessment of quillback rockfish, for 2025. ASA will continue to advocate for science-based stock management that allows for recreational fishing opportunities and promotes the priorities of the sportfishing industry.

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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.