More Atlantic Menhaden Will Help Rebuild the Iconic Striped Bass Fishery

Managers vote to reduce Atlantic menhaden quota by 10% Alexandria, VA – October 21, 2020 – The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) supports yesterday’s vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Menhaden Management Board to reduce the Atlantic menhaden quota by 10 percent, establishing a quota of 194,400 metric tons for the 2021 and 2022 fishing seasons. Atlantic… Continue reading More Atlantic Menhaden Will Help Rebuild the Iconic Striped Bass Fishery

New California Executive Order Recognizes the Compatibility of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

State agencies and stakeholders will work jointly to identify strategies for enhancing conservation efforts Alexandria, VA – October 8, 2020 – Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that establishes a framework to conserve 30% of the state’s lands and coastal waters by 2030. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is hopeful that the process set forward by the… Continue reading New California Executive Order Recognizes the Compatibility of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

U.S. House Passes Descending Device Bill to Conserve Gulf Reef Fish

Alexandria, VA. – October 1, 2020 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection H.R. 5126, the Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act). The bill requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device… Continue reading U.S. House Passes Descending Device Bill to Conserve Gulf Reef Fish

Sportfishing Industry Celebrates House Passage of America’s Conservation Enhancement Act

Landmark conservation bill now moves to the President for his signature Alexandria, VA. – October 1, 2020 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a historic package of bills to benefit fish and wildlife conservation throughout the nation. With the U.S. Senate unanimously passing the ACE Act on September… Continue reading Sportfishing Industry Celebrates House Passage of America’s Conservation Enhancement Act

Groundbreaking Great Red Snapper Count Study Releases Preliminary Findings

Study indicates significantly more red snapper in the Gulf than previously estimated Alexandria, VA – October 2, 2020 – Yesterday, Congress was briefed on the impressive preliminary findings of the Great Red Snapper Count. This unprecedented study was led by the Harte Research Institute and provides an independent and robust assessment of Gulf of Mexico red snapper stock abundance.… Continue reading Groundbreaking Great Red Snapper Count Study Releases Preliminary Findings

U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes America’s Conservation Enhancement Act

Bipartisan package of conservation provisions heads to the House of Representatives Alexandria, VA – September 17, 2020 – Late yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent S. 3051, America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act. This major package of natural resource management and conservation provisions now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives, where a vote is expected… Continue reading U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes America’s Conservation Enhancement Act

Army Corps Decides Pebble Mine Can’t Be Permitted as Proposed

Pivotal decision may mark Pebble Mine’s death knell Alexandria, VA – August 25, 2020 – The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) supports the announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the proposed Pebble Mine, a massive mineral extraction mining development in Alaska’s Bristol Bay area, cannot be permitted as proposed. The Pebble Mine threatens one of the world’s most… Continue reading Army Corps Decides Pebble Mine Can’t Be Permitted as Proposed

President Trump Signs Great American Outdoors Act Into Law

Sportfishing industry celebrates enactment of landmark public lands bill Alexandria, VA – August 4, 2020 – The historic and bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act became law today after being signed by President Trump. American Sportfishing Association (ASA) President Glenn Hughes attended a ceremony at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) headquarters, hosted by Secretary of the… Continue reading President Trump Signs Great American Outdoors Act Into Law

ICAST Announces 30 New Product Showcase Best of Category Winners for 2020

Awards were presented during the first-ever virtual sportfishing trade show Alexandria, VA – July 15, 2020 – Tonight, the ICAST 2020 Online New Product Showcase Best of Category award winners were announced during the first-ever, virtual sportfishing industry trade show. One of those 30 category winners will be awarded the coveted Best of Show trophy to be announced Friday… Continue reading ICAST Announces 30 New Product Showcase Best of Category Winners for 2020

House of Representatives Passes Great American Outdoors Act

Bill now goes to the President to be signed into law Alexandria, VA – July 22, 2020 – By a vote of 310 to 107, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), a landmark legislative package to fund access to and maintenance of the nation’s public lands. With GAOA having previously… Continue reading House of Representatives Passes Great American Outdoors Act