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In 2019, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) had a strong and steady year of achieving our industry’s recreational fishing priorities. As we look to 2020, ASA’s Government Affairs staff will work to advance policies that have a positive impact on the sportfishing industry such as enacting a federal ban on California drift gillnets, reauthorizing the Sportfish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, continuing advocating for Florida’s Everglades restoration and carry out priorities of the Modern Fish Act. While the list does…

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Alexandria, Va. – January 10, 2020 – The U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act (S.3051), which includes several wins for the recreational fishing industry. “Many of us grew up fishing with our friends and family and these memories are what help drive a bipartisan consensus on good conservation policy in Congress,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “Last night, the entire U.S. Senate came together to support recreational…

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  The growing outdoor industry needs adequate infrastructure to continue its upward economic climb   Alexandria, VA – October 30, 2019 – Today, the President and CEO of Temple Fork Outfitters and American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Government Affairs Committee member, Frank-Paul King, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Businesses about the economic impact of outdoor recreation. “Without clean waters and abundant fish populations, the recreational fishing industry simply cannot survive,” said King. “No one wants to…

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Alexandria, VA – October 21, 2019 – The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) 2019 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry’s premier networking and business management event, brought together more than 220 fishing and boating industry and community leaders to discuss the issues impacting recreational fishing. For 40 industry members, this was their first time attending the Summit. This year’s Summit theme centered around what 20/20 vision means for our industry. From opening remarks to our keynote speakers, ASA’s goal was to provide information and…

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The American Sportfishing Association’s Top Policy Accomplishments of 2018 By Mike Leonard, Vice President, Government Affairs and Clay Crabtree, Policy Director  With the 116th Congress being sworn in today, we wanted to highlight the policy accomplishments the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and its members and partners achieved in 2018, as well as our 2019 priorities. While many factors can affect the success of the sportfishing industry, the policy issues in which ASA engages typically fall into two categories: fisheries conservation…

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