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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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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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Sunrise Over Hills

The historic and bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act became law today after being signed by President Trump. American Sportfishing Association (ASA) President Glenn Hughes attended a ceremony at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) headquarters, hosted by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhard celebrating the bill’s enactment. The ceremony also included the signing of a new proclamation establishing August 5, as Great American Outdoors Day, when all DOI fees will be waived. “The sportfishing industry sincerely thanks President Trump…

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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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Ben Speciale Yamaha

Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, is the 2020 recipient of the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year award presented by the Center for Sportfishing Policy. “Ben Speciale grew up on the water helping out with his family’s marina and dealership. He has a deep understanding of the relationship between conservation and a thriving marine industry,” said Jeff Angers, President of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. “Ben’s commitment to conservation is evident through his active advocacy efforts and…

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