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Keep America Fishing

Game fish species including yellow perch, lake trout and walleye are at risk of commercial harvest in the Great Lakes. These species contribute to the $2.3 billion recreational fishing industry in the state of Michigan through the participation of 650,000 Great Lakes Anglers. The vast majority of the fish in the Great Lakes are managed by funding generated through the sale of recreational licenses.The commercial fishing industry is already subsidized by recreational anglers in this way, and their take of…

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Senate

Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have recently acted on legislation to reauthorize the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (SFRBTF). The SFRBTF, which is funded in part by the federal excise tax on fishing equipment paid by the sportfishing industry, funds state-based programs for sportfish conservation and habitat restoration, infrastructure for boating access and education for anglers and boaters. Yesterday, the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2020 was introduced in the U.S.…

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Senator Florida Visit

On Wednesday, June 17, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) visited Half Hitch in Panama City, Fla. The visit with the Florida-based tackle shop, an American Sportfishing Association (ASA) member, focused on the importance of the sportfishing industry in Florida and included a broader discussion about the impacts of COVID-19 on the outdoor industry and ways the federal government has worked to increase boating and fishing access. An avid angler, Secretary Bernhardt, along with…

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Capitol

By a vote of 73 to 25, the U.S. Senate today passed the Great American Outdoors Act, a landmark legislative package to fund access to and maintenance of the nation’s public lands. This final vote followed a week of procedural motions that continually garnered bipartisan support, culminating in today’s overwhelming approval. “In these incredibly challenging times, it’s heartening to see the U.S. Senate come together and overwhelmingly support something so integral to our economy and way of life – our…

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Clean Drain Dry Logo

Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the release of the new Clean In – Clean Out Roadside Station™. This waterless cleaning station empowers watercraft users with self-service hand tools to properly Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers and equipment. Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ signage prompts users to follow the scientifically supported best management practices to prevent the spread of invasive species. Lack of tools is one of the most commonly reported reasons that the public fails to properly clean and…

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