MN Fishing Summit

MN-FISH president Ron Schara stumped the audience of 80 stakeholders when he asked this question at the first-ever State of Minnesota Fishing Summit held last week at Clam Outdoors: “How much general tax revenue has the legislature appropriated in recent years to make Minnesota the State of Fishing?” “The answer is zero,” he shared. “Zero dollars to support a multi-billion-dollar fishing industry. “Isn’t that wonderful?” Currently, the DNR’s fish management program has an annual budget of roughly $31 million, funded…

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On Tuesday, May 3, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously approved the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2022. The legislation is a package of provisions aimed at improving and increasing outdoor recreation opportunities, including recreational fishing, on federal lands. The American Sportfishing Association supports the bill and sent a letter thanking Sens. Joe Manchin (R-W.Va.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) for moving the bill forward. “The sportfishing industry thanks Chairman Manchin, Ranking Member Barrasso and the committee…

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Fishing: Share the Fun

TheFishing… Share the Fun angler engagement campaign, launching this week, is a first-of-its-kind industry-wide collaboration between the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The campaign’s mission is to galvanize sportfishing industry leaders and the broader recreational fishing community to share their love of fishing and engage in customer retention activities to keep new anglers on the water this spring and summer. It is supported by an integrated mix of easy-to-use educational tools and tips…

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Pike Under Water

MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation and Coalition is hosting the first State of Minnesota Fishing Summit on May 3rd at Clam Outdoors. This historic event will bring together leading stakeholders, DNR and government officials to discuss strategies for improving fishing throughout Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz is expected to attend, as is DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen and other senior DNR staff. “Sportfishing generates a $4.4 billion in economic impact annually in Minnesota,” said MN-FISH Executive Director Mark Holsten. “Good fishing is also good…

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The Politics of Fish Podcast

Did you know that the American Sportfishing Foundation has a new podcast? Debuted in January, The Politics of Fish is the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) podcast that explores the complexities behind the legislative and regulatory issues that impact fisheries management and the entire recreational fishing community. Through interviews and conversation, we explore why these issues are so critical to the sportfishing industry – and spur listeners to act. During each bi-weekly episode, the show’s host, ASA’s Vice President for Government…

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