U.S. House Passes Measure to Facilitate More Artificial Reef Creation

Navy would be encouraged to explore opportunities to convert retired vessels into reefs Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure that will provide opportunities for retired Navy ships to be considered for artificial reefs. This language was included as an amendment to H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year… Continue reading U.S. House Passes Measure to Facilitate More Artificial Reef Creation

Recreational Fishing Industry’s Inaugural Online Auction a Success

Anglers across the country bid on the latest gear in support of Keep America Fishing The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recently held its inaugural online auction to raise funds in support of Keep America Fishing. Keep America Fishing (KAF) is the association’s grassroots advocacy program that provides our nation’s 55 million anglers a way to let… Continue reading Recreational Fishing Industry’s Inaugural Online Auction a Success

U.S. Senate Approves California Drift Gillnet Modernization Legislation

Sportfishing industry resumes work to phase out destructive gear in California Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved by unanimous consent the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which aims to align state and federal policy to support the modernization of California’s swordfish fishery. The California drift gillnet fishery is the last remaining fishery in the country… Continue reading U.S. Senate Approves California Drift Gillnet Modernization Legislation

Recreational Fishing Industry Launches Its First Online Auction

The auction features “Best of Category” winners from the ICAST 2021 New Product Showcase in support of Keep America Fishing The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is excited to announce its inaugural online auction to support Keep America Fishing. Keep America Fishing is the association’s grassroots advocacy program that gives our nation’s 55 million anglers a way to let… Continue reading Recreational Fishing Industry Launches Its First Online Auction

Recreational Fishing Community Leads Effort to Promote Conservation Through Use of Descending Devices

FishSmart project demonstrates continued angler support for improving fish survival in the South Atlantic The 2,600 anglers who recently participated in the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) FishSmart South Atlantic Red Snapper and Red Drum Conservation Effort programs reported taking action to increase fish survival rates through the use of descending devices for red snapper, and short leader circle hook… Continue reading Recreational Fishing Community Leads Effort to Promote Conservation Through Use of Descending Devices

American Sportfishing Association Elects Board of Directors for 2022

Industry leaders bring a wide-range of talent and experience to address the issues that impact the recreational fishing industry Four members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected or re-elected to fill two At-Large seats and two regional seats on the board of directors. Their three-year terms begin October 1, 2021. ASA is the national trade association… Continue reading American Sportfishing Association Elects Board of Directors for 2022

The Recreational Fishing Industry Reconnects at ICAST in July

ICAST is the world’s largest venue for launching new fishing products and setting industry trends With Orlando, Fla. as the backdrop, the 64th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, will be in-person and onsite this July 20 – 23, in the North Building of the Orange County Convention Center. ICAST is produced by… Continue reading The Recreational Fishing Industry Reconnects at ICAST in July

Sportfishing Industry Calls on Congress to Support Conservation and Access

ASA President Glenn Hughes testifies on behalf of recreational fishing during the Senate subcommittee meeting on outdoor recreation.

ASA President Glenn Hughes testifies before Senate subcommittee Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in participation and demand for outdoor recreation, which has created challenges and opportunities for the recreational fishing and the broader outdoor recreation industries. Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, held a hearing… Continue reading Sportfishing Industry Calls on Congress to Support Conservation and Access

Senate Commerce Committee Approves Important Sportfishing Bills

Sportfishing industry priorities advance as infrastructure debate continues  The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee held an executive session that included consideration and passage of several bills supported by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). This included committee passage of S. 1995, the Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2021, authored by Commerce Committee Chair Maria… Continue reading Senate Commerce Committee Approves Important Sportfishing Bills

Sport Fish Restoration Program Reauthorization Introduced

Last year, the trust fund provided nearly $750 million to critical fisheries conservation and boating programs The sportfishing industry applauds the recent introduction of the Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2021. Led in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and in the House of… Continue reading Sport Fish Restoration Program Reauthorization Introduced