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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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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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ICAST 2015 Best of Show Awards Announced

The world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, has just wrapped up at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry’s trade association, ICAST – in its 58th year as the industry’s trade show – is the […]

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Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints Manager for the Keep Florida Fishing Initiative

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Gary Jennings, a life-long, avid angler and boater, has joined the ASA staff as the Manager of the Keep Florida Fishing initiative. Jennings brings close to 20 years of experience in the fishing and boating industries to this new position. His tenure began on June […]

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New Report Demonstrates that Banning Traditional Fishing Tackle in California Will Cause Significant Economic Harm

A report released on Monday by the California Coastal Conservation Association and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) demonstrates that banning traditional fishing tackle will have a negative impact on fishing participation, which generates millions of dollars for fisheries conservation in the state. The report, “Effects on the Ban on Traditional-Based Tackle for Fishing in California on […]

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Sportfishing Industry Leaders Elevate Legislative Priorities for Congress

Update from the American Sportfishing Association: Last week, with spring fishing season in full swing, recreational fishing industry leaders met with Members of Congress to advocate not just for the industry’s business interests, but for the entire recreational fishing community. They were also in Washington, D.C., for the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) annual spring Government […]

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A New National Campaign Asks Anglers to Pledge to Pitch It

Americans are more conscious than ever about properly disposing of, or recycling plastic containers and other materials. The recreational fishing industry, through KeepAmericaFishing®, its grassroots angler advocacy campaign, is asking anglers to add their worn out soft plastic baits to that list. The new Pitch It campaign was the direct result of a proposed legislative […]

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Expansion of Pacific Marine National Monument Allows for Recreational Fishing

From the American Spearfishing Association: Today, the President signed a proclamation expanding the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to six times its current size, creating the largest marine reserve in the world. Although the proclamation bans commercial fishing, deep-sea mining and other commercial extraction methods, recreational fishing will be allowed. “Going back to […]

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Recreational Boating and Fishing Leaders Send Letter to Congress Requesting Changes to the National Law Governing Saltwater Fisheries

More than 200 leaders in the recreational fishing and boating industries are asking Senate and House members to support key policy changes to saltwater recreational fisheries management in the upcoming Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) reauthorization. The MSA is the primary law governing federal saltwater fisheries management. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the American […]

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ASA Vice President Gordon Robertson Inducted into AFS Hall of Excellence

On August 17, Gordon Robertson, vice president of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), was inducted into the American Fisheries Society’s (AFS) Fisheries Management Hall of Excellence during AFS’s annual international meeting held August 17-21, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Established in 1992, the AFS Hall of Excellence recognizes fisheries management professionals who have made significant […]

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Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints New Angler Advocacy Campaign Director

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth “Liz” Ogilvie, most recently with WFN: World Fishing Network, is the new KeepAmericaFishing™ Director. Liz Ogilvie KeepAmericaFishing™ Director. “Liz brings three important talents to KeepAmericaFishing: experience in strategic marketing, knowledge about the sportfishing industry and a real passion for fishing,” said ASA Vice President […]

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Anglers and the Sportfishing Industry Are Falling Prey to the Federal Government Shutdown

The American Sportfishing Association has released a statement about the effect of the federal government shutdown on sportfisherman nationwide: Millions of anglers are now locked out of federal lands and waters and thousands of small businesses are suffering because Congress and the Administration can’t agree on the nation’s finances. According to the American Sportfishing Association […]