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Water Sunset

On Earth Day an unprecedented alliance of business, academic, tribal and conservation leaders – of which the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is a member – have united to provide a solution to one of America’s greatest threats – the decline of our fish and wildlife and their natural habitats. Scientists estimate that one-third of fish and wildlife species in the United States are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without much needed funding for their proactive conservation. Healthy, sustainable fish…

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Fishing Boat Sunset

Last week, a $3.3 million groundbreaking study to assess the South Atlantic red snapper fishery was announced by U.S. Reps. John Rutherford (R-Fla.) and Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.). Rutherford and Murphy led a bipartisan effort that secured the funding for the research. Modeled after the “Great Red Snapper Count” in the Gulf of Mexico, this study is a group project between the University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and NOAA Fisheries. The 30-month project will estimate…

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ICAST Show

This year marks the 64th consecutive recreational fishing trade show produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) for its members and the recreational fishing industry. ICAST 2021 is scheduled for July 20 – 23, in the North/South building at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. “While the health, safety and security of exhibitors and attendees continues to be our top priority,” emphasized ASA President Glenn Hughes, “we are all looking forward to getting back to business. Come…

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Anglers Mending Fishing Net

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906) to phase out large-scale driftnet fishing in federal waters off California. Authored in the Senate by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and in the House by Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), the bill passed the U.S. Senate in July and now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature. The Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act…

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Menhaden Baitfish

The American Sportfishing Association(ASA) supports the vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Menhaden Management Board to reduce the Atlantic menhaden quota by 10 percent, establishing a quota of 194,400 metric tons for the 2021 and 2022 fishing seasons. Atlantic menhaden are a primary food source for numerous sportfish populations, especially striped bass. The harvest reduction comes in response to a recent fundamental shift in Atlantic menhaden management. In August, ASMFC unanimously adopted a new ecological management…

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