On Tuesday, May 3, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously approved the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2022. The legislation is a package of provisions aimed at improving and increasing outdoor recreation opportunities, including recreational fishing, on federal lands. The American Sportfishing Association supports the bill and sent a letter thanking Sens. Joe Manchin (R-W.Va.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) for moving the bill forward. “The sportfishing industry thanks Chairman Manchin, Ranking Member Barrasso and the committee…

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Pike Under Water

MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation and Coalition is hosting the first State of Minnesota Fishing Summit on May 3rd at Clam Outdoors. This historic event will bring together leading stakeholders, DNR and government officials to discuss strategies for improving fishing throughout Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz is expected to attend, as is DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen and other senior DNR staff. “Sportfishing generates a $4.4 billion in economic impact annually in Minnesota,” said MN-FISH Executive Director Mark Holsten. “Good fishing is also good…

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The Politics of Fish Podcast

Did you know that the American Sportfishing Foundation has a new podcast? Debuted in January, The Politics of Fish is the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) podcast that explores the complexities behind the legislative and regulatory issues that impact fisheries management and the entire recreational fishing community. Through interviews and conversation, we explore why these issues are so critical to the sportfishing industry – and spur listeners to act. During each bi-weekly episode, the show’s host, ASA’s Vice President for Government…

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Representing the 1,400 member National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA), President Patrick Neu attended the American Sport Fishing Association’s (A.S.A.) Annual Spring Government Affairs Committee Meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 31 and April 1. The annual meeting provides sportfishing industry leaders a chance to directly engage with Congress and federal agency leaders on policy issues affecting natural resources and the recreational fishing industry. Covering a wide range of topics important to professional anglers, committee sessions during the two-day meeting covered…

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Turkey Press Release Letterhead

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S. 2372), a longstanding priority for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), on a strong bipartisan vote of 15-5. This landmark legislation is led in a bipartisan fashion by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and CSC Member Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). Since 2015 when the concept of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was first developed, CSF has been spearheading the efforts on…

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