A new bill just introduced in Congress will help to ensure the smaller fish in the ocean that serve as the food source for most marine sportfish will be sustainably managed. The Forage Fish Conservation Act would require that the role forage fish 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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Saltwater Fish

The recreational fishing and boating community applauds the introduction of the Forage Fish Conservation Act by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Brian Mast (R-Fla.). The legislation and its Senate companion bill (S. 1484) would require federal fisheries managers to account for the role forage fish play in the marine ecosystem when catch limits are set on these small but important fish. “The American Sportfishing Association is grateful to Reps. Dingell and Mast for their leadership on forage fish conservation,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of government affairs for the American…

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Wildlife Forever have entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address the spread of aquatic invasive species. Working through Wildlife Forever’s nationwide “Clean Drain Dry” initiative, the two organizations will partner to coordinate outreach and education efforts with leaders in the recreational fishing industry to help stop invasive species which are having a devastating impact on our nation’s freshwater species. “Since 1933, ASA has been a leader in fisheries conservation. Working with…

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The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted its 32nd Annual Banquet & Auction, to celebrate the ever-growing accomplishments of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC). This year, CSF was joined by more than 70 members of the CSC, yet again marking one of the largest bipartisan gatherings of Members of Congress in D.C. For the last 32 years, the Annual Banquet and Auction has provided the opportunity for hundreds of the nation’s leading sporting-conservation professionals and industry leaders to celebrate the…

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Angler fly fishing in mountains

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is excited to celebrate our nation’s 49th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day. CSF led the effort through working with both the President and the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus to recognize National Hunting and Fishing Day. On this day and throughout the year, we encourage all sportsmen and women to get outside and share the love for our outdoor traditions with the next generation of hunters, anglers, trappers, and shooting sports participants. Formally signed as an…

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