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.

Your weekly look at how ASA’s government affairs team is hard at work supporting sound fisheries policies throughout the country.

ASA Holds Webinar on Fishing Equipment Federal Excise Taxes

Last week, ASA held a webinar on the federal excise tax on fishing equipment, which is paid by manufacturers and importers of fishing tackle and goes into the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. These funds are then used on projects to create more and better fishing opportunities, like habitat restoration, maintaining fish hatcheries and building boat ramps. Our webinar featured several experts in excise tax compliance and walked through the nuances of how fishing tackle companies can ensure they are meeting their excise tax obligations. Watch here

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Announces Closure

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure of the nearshore groundfish fishery in the Mendocino, San Francisco and Central Management areas. The closure was established after estimates showed that recreational takes of quillback rockfish have already exceeded 2023 limits. It is set to commence on Friday, September 1st. Learn more

About

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.