Angler Lacing Up Hiking Boots

As of today, 42 hunting, fishing and conservation organizations have taken a significant step forward for conservation by officially joining as signatories to the “Hunting and Fishing Community Statement on the 30 by 30 Initiative.” The coalition gained 29 new signatories since the coalition’s establishment in October. The “Thirty by Thirty Initiative” (30 by 30 Initiative) seeks to establish a goal of protecting 30% of the planet’s lands and waters by the year 2030 and is linked to global land…

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Egret in Water

President Biden signed an “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” which focuses on addressing climate change as well as committing to the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands and oceans by 2030 (known as “30×30”). The nation’s leading recreational fishing and boating trade associations expressed support for the order’s overarching conservation goals, as well as its emphasis on collaborating with the outdoor recreation community in carrying out 30×30. The American…

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Angler fishing with sunset

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 (S. 1811), which now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has strongly advocated for WRDA 2020, which includes numerous policies that support water quality, aquatic resource conservation and fishing access. “Throughout 2020, it become increasingly apparent that Americans deeply value opportunities to get out on the water,” said Mike Leonard, ASA’s vice president of Government Affairs. “However, a day on…

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Lake Tahoe California

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that establishes a framework to conserve 30% of the state’s lands and coastal waters by 2030. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is hopeful that the process set forward by the executive order will improve the state’s already robust environmental safeguards while allowing for continued public access for sustainable activities like recreational fishing. By February 1, 2022, the California Natural Resources Agency, in collaboration with other relevant agencies and stakeholders, is directed…

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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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