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Recognizing 40 Years of the Legislation That Established U.S. Fishing Boundaries

Recreational and commercial fishing representatives, Members of Congress, and key former and current individuals from the administration gathered on Capitol Hill in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation that established a framework to manage domestic, federal saltwater fisheries. “We take many things […]

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Cassidy-Rubio Bill Will Safeguard State Fisheries Management Authority

A coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bill, S.2807, that will safeguard the role of state fisheries management agencies and help prevent unwarranted fishing closures like what recently occurred at Biscayne National Park. Led by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on […]

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11-Year-Old Angler Triumphs in Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff

Eleven-year-old Thomas Green bested several dozen adult anglers to earn top honors in multiple categories of the Key West Fishing Tournament’s Kickoff 2016 that ended April 10 in the Florida Keys. The young angler, who lives in Bokeelia, Florida, scored the challenge’s heaviest kingfish at 22 pounds and the heaviest mackerel at 7.75 pounds. Both […]

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2016 Gulf Recreational Red Snapper State Season Set

At its April 13 meeting in Jupiter, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters. The 2016 season will open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season […]

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NOAA Fisheries Announces Cobia Closures Beginning June 20, 2016

The recreational harvest of Atlantic migratory group cobia (from Georgia to New York) will close at 12:01 a.m. on June 20, 2016. Recreational harvest of cobia will reopen on January 1, 2017. The Atlantic migratory group includes cobia from Georgia through New York. Cobia off the east coast of Florida are part of the Gulf […]

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Sportfishing Industry Encourages Long-term Solutions for Everglades Restoration

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) supports efforts being made on the federal and state levels to address Florida’s water quality issues that can have an impact on fisheries habitat and management. A record-breaking amount of rainfall this past January required that a large amount of water be released from Lake Okeechobee by the U.S. Army […]

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Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Advances to Senate Floor

The sportfishing industry applauds the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for advancing the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. This bill, which will improve fisheries conservation and recreational fishing access throughout the country, has now cleared all committees of jurisdiction in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and now awaits action on the […]

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Gulf Anglers Meet to Set Future Course on Red Snapper Management

Representatives from the recreational fishing community recently met for their second in-person meeting to plan strategies for addressing current and future Gulf of Mexico red snapper management challenges. The two-day meeting, facilitated by Florida State University’s FCRC Consensus Center, produced constructive discussion on Gulf red snapper and reef fish management as a whole, as well […]

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New Barracuda Bag & Vessel Limits in South Florida

New recreational and commercial bag limits for barracuda go into effect November 1, 2015 for state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties in Florida. The new limits include: Two fish per person daily recreational and commercial bag limit. Six fish per vessel daily recreational and commercial limit. The […]

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2015 Gulf Red Snapper Season Closes after this Weekend

Halloween (Oct. 31) and Nov. 1 are the last days the recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters will be open in 2015. State waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end out to about 200 nautical miles. This year’s 70-day state-waters season […]

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Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act Moves Forward

A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community applauded the House Resources subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans for its hearing on H.R. 3094, the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act.  The bill, sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) and 28 bi-partisan co-sponsors, will grant legal recognition to the plan adopted by the […]

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Recreational Catch Rate of Dolphin Decrease in SC

Based on a study conducted in Charleston, SC, by the Dolphinfish Research Program (DRP), the recreational catch rate of dolphinfish decreased dramatically from 2014 to 2015.The overall average number of fish caught per trip for the three-month period of May, June, and July 2015, was 15.7 percent lower than recorded for the same period in […]

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Electronic Data to Influence Marine Stewardship

  Fish expert David Secor, Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences, outlined his findings on electronic tag data and the complex behavior in fish populations during the ICES Annual Science Conference, on September 21-25, 2015, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The forum brings together the international community of marine scientists, socio-economists, and students […]

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Weldor’s Ark Takes 12th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament

The 12th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament which took place August 19-22 at Southside Marina again proved itself to be the party of the season. Seventy-five boats with 498 anglers vied for $418,500. Final registration, the Captain’s Meeting and the Kick-Off Party witnessed a mass influx of bodies as sponsors and participants swarmed the tournament […]

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Final Management Plan Released for Everglades National Park

The National Park Service recently released the final General Management Plan (GMP) for Everglades National Park, which includes several changes that will affect recreational boating and fishing access and habitat conservation in the park. The recreational fishing and boating community expressed its collective appreciation to Everglades National Park officials for meaningfully addressing concerns that were […]

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Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints Policy Director for the Keep Florida Fishing Initiative

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Kellie Ralston, a fifth generation Floridian and an expert in Florida’s marine fisheries management, has joined the ASA staff as Fishery Policy Director for the Keep Florida Fishing initiative. She joins Gary Jennings who is the Manager of the Keep Florida Fishing initiative’s coalition building […]

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Public Invited to Join NOAA on Deep Sea Expedition of Pacific Marine Protected Areas

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin two months of dives using unmanned remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs, to explore marine protected areas in the central Pacific Ocean. Starting on Aug. 1, anyone with an internet connection can virtually explore the deep sea with scientists and researchers from their computer or mobile device. The ship and […]

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Changes to California Recreational Tuna Regulations Now in Effect

The California Fish and Game Commission recently adopted changes to recreational tuna regulations. The new regulations are effective as of today, July 30, 2015.The changes include a statewide two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis), which applies to all bluefin tuna possessed in California waters, regardless of where they were taken. […]

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Congressional Hearing Explores Impacts of Biscayne National Park Fishing Closure

From the American Sportfishing Association: A joint Congressional hearing delved into concerns raised by members of the recreational fishing community, as well as other stakeholders, about the National Park Service’s recent decision to close over 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park to recreational fishing. The hearing entitled, “Restricted Access at Biscayne National Park and Implications […]

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Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen Introduces Legislation to Counter Biscayne Closures

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced the Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act (H.R. 3310) with the bipartisan support of 30 House colleagues. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo are among 18 members of the Florida congressional delegation to have cosponsored H.R. 3310. This bill would ensure that federal and state agencies collaborate in the development […]

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