Sportfishing Industry Association Adds New Hire to Focus on Freshwater Recreational Fishing Issues

ASA’s newest hire brings a solid background in fisheries conservation and advocacy

Alexandria, VA – April 1, 2019 – The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) new Inland Fisheries Policy Manager is Chad Tokowicz, who comes to ASA from the House Committee on Natural Resources staff.

“ASA created the Inland Fisheries Policy Manager position to increase our advocacy on issues that impact freshwater fishing throughout the country,” said Government Affairs Vice President Mike Leonard. “While ASA has been involved in a wide range of freshwater fisheries issues over the years, adding someone with Chad’s skillset will allow us to be more active in the many conservation and access issues affecting the sport, including invasive species control, mining proposals and Great Lakes fisheries management.”

“Chad’s experience both on and off the Hill, familiarity with the issues and enthusiasm for the sport make him a great fit for this new position,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. 

Tokowicz is a Massachusetts native and avid angler who enjoys pursuing mountain brook trout with dry flies, searching the Great Lakes tributaries for salmonids or live lining mackerel along the Massachusetts coast for striped bass.

He is also a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he graduated summa cum laude with a major in Environmental Studies and double minor in Political Science and Entrepreneurial Studies. 

“As a lifelong angler and fishing nerd, it is a privilege to work for the sportfishing industry in a role that will enhance our ability to engage in freshwater recreational fishing issues,” said Tokowicz. “Ever since taking an environmental law class my senior year in college I have been focused on ways I can conserve our fisheries to assure that recreational opportunities are available for all in perpetuity.”

Before working on Capitol Hill, Tokowicz was a Government Affairs intern at Trout Unlimited where he experienced firsthand the importance of advocacy and government affairs for recreational fishing and conservation.

Tokowicz also has experience working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) Marine Policy Center as a guest student. While at WHOI he advised the Department of Navy on the National Environmental Policy Act’s applicability to a proposed project concerning deep ocean technology.

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 49 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.