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Today, the recreational fishing and boating community applauded the introduction of the Forage Fish Conservation Act by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). The legislation would require that the role forage fish play in the marine ecosystem be accounted for when federal fisheries managers set catch limits on these small but important fish. “For years, the recreational fishing community has advocated for better conservation of our nation’s forage fish populations because a healthy forage base fuels healthy sportfish…

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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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Picking Up Trash

Yamaha Rightwaters joined forces with the Coastal Conservation Association® (CCA®) in Maryland and Northern Virginia to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up Fletcher’s Cove on the Potomac River. Volunteers met at Fletcher’s Boat House on a chilly morning to spend some time preserving and enjoying one of the more popular fishing spots on the Nation’s River. With help from the Friends of Fletcher Cove and the National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the group removed debris from the river and…

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Mine

Abandoned mines are a source of hazardous materials that can leak into lakes, rivers and streams potentially causing harmful damage to local ecosystems and valuable fisheries. What’s next: Two bipartisan bills that could help restore the land and water surrounding these abandoned mines were recently introduced in Congress. The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Amendments Act of 2021 and the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More Act of 2021 (RECLAIM) collectively would reauthorize,…

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Pitch It

Americans are more conscious than ever about properly disposing of and recycling non-reusable plastic. The recreational fishing industry wants anglers everywhere to apply this same habit to the proper disposal of soft plastic baits. In an effort to keep our fisheries and lakes, rivers and streams clean and free of used soft plastics and other litter, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), through its Keep America Fishing angler advocacy program, created the Pledge to Pitch It campaign. Established in 2015, the…

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