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.

Louisiana Proposes Coastwide Buffer to Protect Gamefish from Industrial Menhaden Fishery

On October 5, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent (NOI) to establish a minimum 1-mile coastwide buffer for the state’s industrial menhaden fishery. The buffer includes a mandated 3-mile buffer between Holly and Rutherford beaches. ASA is thankful for the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission taking this important step toward reducing impacts on coastal resources from the industrial menhaden fishery.  Learn more

ASA Holds Annual Sportfishing Summit

Last week, ASA held its annual Sportfishing Summit in Miramar Beach, Florida. During the week’s events, ASA held sessions on business and sportfishing participation, and the ASA Government Affairs Committee met to discuss different policy issues around the country and emerging threats the sportfishing industry faces. Thanks to all our sponsors for their support and those who joined us in Florida!

Senator Lindsey Graham Criticizes NOAA’s Vessel Speed Proposal in Charleston

Last week, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) voiced his opposition to NOAA’s proposed vessel speed restriction off the Atlantic coast at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Senator Graham noted the rule’s negative impact on the sportfishing industry, adding that it would cause the cancellation of offshore fishing trips throughout South Carolina and decimate the sportfishing economy in the state. Thanks to Senator Graham for amplifying this issue! 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.