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Kayak Angler Lands Striped Bass

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted unanimously today to improve management strategies for Atlantic menhaden, by requiring consideration for the small baitfish’s impact on fish up the food chain. Economically important sportfish such as striped bass rely on healthy menhaden populations for survival. After recreational anglers weighed in, the Commission adopted the new ecological management system, which considers the needs of predator species and will begin the process of allowing fish like striped bass to meet population targets. Menhaden is…

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Sunrise Over Hills

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 Interior David Bernhard celebrating the bill’s enactment. The ceremony also included the signing of a new proclamation establishing August 5, as Great American Outdoors Day, when all DOI fees will be waived. “The sportfishing industry sincerely thanks President Trump…

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Scenic lake with tall pines

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 passed the Senate on June 17, passage by the House now sends the bill to President Trump, who is expected to sign it into law. “Public lands are critical for providing recreational fishing opportunities throughout the nation,” said Glenn Hughes, president…

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Keep America Fishing

Game fish species including yellow perch, lake trout and walleye are at risk of commercial harvest in the Great Lakes. These species contribute to the $2.3 billion recreational fishing industry in the state of Michigan through the participation of 650,000 Great Lakes Anglers. The vast majority of the fish in the Great Lakes are managed by funding generated through the sale of recreational licenses.The commercial fishing industry is already subsidized by recreational anglers in this way, and their take of…

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Senate

Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have recently acted on legislation to reauthorize the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (SFRBTF). The SFRBTF, which is funded in part by the federal excise tax on fishing equipment paid by the sportfishing industry, funds state-based programs for sportfish conservation and habitat restoration, infrastructure for boating access and education for anglers and boaters. Yesterday, the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2020 was introduced in the U.S.…

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