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.

Call on Congress to Pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

One of our industry’s greatest threats is the loss of natural habitat and the decline of our fish and wildlife resources. As many as one-third of fish and wildlife species in the United States are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered, making legislation like the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) critically important. Check out ASA’s Toolkit and learn more about the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and how you can help get this bill over the finish line. Share this information today! Learn more

ASA’s Mike Waine Participates in Kenai Classic’s Roundtable on National Recreational Fishing

In late August, ASA Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director Mike Waine attended the Kenai River Sportfishing Association’s Kenai Classic in Soldotna, Alaska. Waine participated in the event’s Roundtable on Fisheries, discussing a variety of sportfishing-related topics, such as Offshore Wind Energy Development and its impact on fisheries. Thanks to KRSA for a great event! Watch here

Members of Congress Highlight Sportfishing Concerns of NOAA Proposal

U.S. Representatives Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Jen Kiggins (R-Va.) recently highlighted their concerns with NOAA Fisheries’ proposed vessel speed restriction at the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament. Both members of Congress noted the negative safety and economic impacts the proposal has on the sportfishing community, while Representative Kiggins discussed a bill in Congress that could curb NOAA’s proposal. Additional information on the speed restrictions impacts on fishing and boating can be found on our coalition websiteLearn More


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.