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After decades of trying to clean up the California swordfish fishery, it remains one of the most antiquated fisheries in the country.  Unfortunately, time is running out for the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Driftnet Modernization & Bycatch Reduction Act.  In late July, the U.S. Senate passed their version of the Driftnet Modernization & Bycatch Reduction Act, and now the U.S. House of Representatives has the opportunity to end this wasteful, and outdated fishing practice. Currently, federal waters…

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Conservation, Advocacy, Senate, Sportfishing

The U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent S. 3051, America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act. This major package of natural resource management and conservation provisions now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives, where a vote is expected as soon as next week. “The ACE Act would be a massive win for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the country,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs at the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Martin Heinrich…

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Duck Hunters

As temperatures drop and the leaves begin to change, hunters are preparing for the 2020 season. Invasive species, however, threaten the health of our lands and waters and degrade habitat. Hunters play a critical role in protecting these important areas. Once established, invasive species can be expensive to control and nearly impossible to eliminate. The Clean Drain Dry steps greatly reduce the risk of causing a new invasive species infestation. Immediately after leaving the water, waterfowl hunters should: CLEAN watercraft,…

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Salmon

The American Sportfishing Association(ASA) supports the announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the proposed Pebble Mine, a massive mineral extraction mining development in Alaska’s Bristol Bay area, cannot be permitted as proposed. The Pebble Mine threatens one of the world’s most productive wild salmon strongholds. Pebble Limited Partnership, the mine’s developer, must now outline how it will address the proposed mine’s damage to nearby wetlands and waterways. Within 90 days, the company must show how it will…

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Saltwater Sunset

The American Sportfishing Association is celebrating yesterday’s decision by the California Senate Appropriations Committee not to advance Assembly Bill 3030. While there’s a slight chance the bill could still resurface in a different form before the legislative session ends on August 31, it is highly likely that the bill is dead for this year. This is great news as AB 3030 poses a serious threat to recreational fishing access. AB 3030 aims to protect 30 percent of California’s lands and…

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