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A new bill just introduced in Congress will help to ensure the smaller fish in the ocean, known as forage fish, will be sustainably managed. The Forage Fish Conservation Act would require that the critical role species like herring, sardines, shad and anchovies play in the marine ecosystem be accounted for when federal fisheries managers set catch limits on them. The important relationship between healthy forage fish populations and heathy sportfish populations has long been established. Forage fish provide food…

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For Immediate Release Mary Jane Williamson, Communications Director 703-519-9691, x227 American Sportfishing Association The Forage Fish Conservation Act would require managers to consider impacts on the ecosystem when setting forage fish catch limits   Alexandria, VA – April 10, 2019 – The sportfishing industry expressed its support for a new bill in Congress to ensure the smaller fish in the ocean that serve as the food source for most marine sportfish, known as forage fish, will be sustainably managed. Introduced by…

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Anglers from coast to coast have heard about the plans to build a mine in Alaska near Bristol Bay. Called the Pebble Mine, most agree that even a single mining mishap could devastate the entire watershed and its world-class salmon fishery.   FIGHT FOR BRISTOL BAY Anglers from coast to coast have heard about the plans to build a mine in Alaska near Bristol Bay. It’s a fight that’s been going on for years. Even a single mining mishap could…

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Alexandria, VA – April 1, 2019 – The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) new Inland Fisheries Policy Manager is Chad Tokowicz, who comes to ASA from the House Committee on Natural Resources staff. “ASA created the Inland Fisheries Policy Manager position to increase our advocacy on issues that impact freshwater fishing throughout the country,” said Government Affairs Vice President Mike Leonard. “While ASA has been involved in a wide range of freshwater fisheries issues over the years, adding someone with Chad’s skillset will allow…

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New legislation that would conserve, restore and enhance fish habitat across the country has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House. Tell Congress – Support the Fish Habitat Bill   New legislation that would conserve, restore and enhance fish habitat across the country has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House. This bill matters to anglers because increasing fishing opportunities is a primary purpose of the habitat restoration projects conducted by the National Fish Habitat Partnership,…

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