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Four members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected to fill two At-Large seats and two regional seats on the board of directors. Their three-year terms begin October 1, 2022. ASA is the national trade association that represents the sportfishing industry. The association has six regions: West, South Central, Great Lakes, Southeast, Northeast and Northern Plains and Inter-mountain. Each member company or organization is assigned to the region where that member’s principal business is located. Elected to the At-Large board seats: Ken…

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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently published a draft rule that would arbitrarily ban lead fishing tackle on certain National Wildlife Refuges. This proposal provides no evidence that lead fishing tackle is harming any specific wildlife populations in the proposed areas. Anglers should have the option of choosing non-lead tackle alternatives but it is important to recognize that these alternatives generally come with the tradeoff of higher cost or poorer performance. Tell the USFWS that anglers should continue to…

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This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 2773), marking the furthest this critically important bill has progressed in Congress as a stand-alone effort. Led by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Rep. Debbie Dingell, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is a longstanding priority of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), who has been a driving force behind the legislation since its conceptual stages in 2015. In 2015, CSF President and CEO Jeff…

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Since 2015, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation has made the advancement of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) a top priority. This landmark legislation would invest $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies and $97.5 million annually to Tribal fish and wildlife managers to further on-the-ground fish, wildlife, and plant conservation efforts. All told, RAWA could impact more than 12,000 at risk species.  To get this bill across the finish line, it’s critical that members of the House of…

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In response to a draft rule published Thursday, June 9, by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that will prohibit lead fishing tackle on certain National Wildlife Refuges, the American Sportfishing Association released the following statement from Vice President of Government Affairs, Mike Leonard. “The sportfishing industry usually welcomes the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) periodic announcements to expand fishing access in National Wildlife Refuges, but this new proposed expansion comes with a significant caveat that undermines the good will these…

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