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.

SHARKED Act Passes U.S. House Committee

Last Wednesday, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources approved the Supporting the Health of Aquatic systems through Research, Knowledge and Enhanced Dialogue (SHARKED) Act (H.R. 4051) by unanimous consent, putting the bill one step closer to becoming law. With anglers increasingly encountering sharks and losing fish throughout the United States, the SHARKED Act is a critical step toward identifying meaningful and responsible steps to mitigate this complex challenge. Thanks to all members of the Committee for considering this important measure! Learn More

ASA Participates in Striperfest

Over the weekend, ASA’s Mike Waine and Rob Russell traveled to Cape Cod for On the Water’s annual Striperfest, a celebration of striped bass fishing. Waine highlighted ASA’s efforts to conserve the striped bass fishery and participated in a Q&A seminar on the striped bass fishery to increase community engagement for our policy efforts.  Learn more

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Testifies in Favor of ASA-Supported Legislation

Last week, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s Senior Director, Ambreen Tariq, appeared before the House Natural Resources Committee’s Federal Lands Subcommittee in support of two bills that improve public lands access, the Improving Outdoor Recreation Coordination Act (H.R. 3107) and the Gateway Community and Recreation Enhancement Act (H.R. 3200). ASA supports both pieces of legislation, which advance the Association’s goals of expanding access to public lands. Thanks to ORR for amplifying these important issues! 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.