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 Testifies Before House Natural Resources Committee on Fisheries Data Modernization

Martha Guyas, Southeast Fisheries Policy Director at ASA, testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries on the importance of accurate data in marine fisheries management.

The Fisheries Data Modernization and Accuracy Act of 2024 (H.R. 8705), introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), aims to address this issue and improve confidence in the scientific information used for fisheries management.

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Several Sportfishing Industry Priorities Included in FY 2025 Federal Funding Bills

Last week, House Appropriators introduced and quickly passed out of committee two funding bills that contain numerous provisions benefiting the sportfishing community. The Fiscal Year 2025 Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) funding bill and the Fiscal Year 2025 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bill include measures that ensure access to fishing, conserve our natural resources, and promote sustainable management practices.

ASA’s Mike Leonard highlights several sportfishing industry priorities included in these bills in a recent Sportfishing Advocate blog post.

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House, Senate Committees Advance WRDA Bills for Floor Votes

On Wednesday, June 26, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a markup for the 2024 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), passing the bipartisan package to the House floor for a full vote. The Committee markup follows the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s markup last month, where bipartisan lawmakers approved a separate WRDA package.

ASA’s Connor Bevan recaps the numerous provisions in WRDA that benefit the recreational fishing industry in our Sportfishing Advocate blog.

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ASA Joins Letter Opposing Changes to California’s Prop 65

ASA joined state and national businesses and associations in a letter to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment opposing unnecessary and burdensome changes to California’s Proposition 65 warning label compliance.

If adopted, the Modified Proposal imposes costly label changes on every product that currently bears a short-form warning. These changes, as well as others discussed in the letter, will entail a cost- and time-intensive overhaul of any company’s warning program, without delivering meaningful benefits to consumers.

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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.