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.


Sharks targeting hooked fish for an easy meal has been a part of fishing since the beginning. Unfortunately, these interactions are becoming more frequent and this is leading to loss or damage to fish, bait and gear. Anglers who fish the Atlantic Coast, southeastern U.S. and western Pacific are demanding action on this growing issue. Check out ASA’s Toolkit and learn more about shark depredation and how you can help fix the problem. Share this information today! Learn more

Reaction to NOAA’s Data Program Failure

Today, the recreational fishing and marine conservation community released a white paper reacting to the NOAA announcement that its Marine Recreational Information Program – Fishing Effort Survey (MRIP-FES) may be overestimating recreational catch and effort data by 30 – 40%. MRIP-FES provides estimates of recreational fishing catches and trips that occur from Maine to Mississippi and Hawaii and is used to assess and manage state and federal fisheries in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Hawaii. Learn More

Outdoor Recreation Leaders Back Bill to Bolster Outdoor Recreation Economy

Leading outdoor recreation organizations are fully supporting Senator Michael Bennet and Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury’s newly-introduced Rural Outdoor Investment (ROI) Act. This bill would direct much-needed support to rural gateway communities seeking to build and plan for outdoor recreation economies. Learn 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.