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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Saltwater Fish

In 2019, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) had a strong and steady year of achieving our industry’s recreational fishing priorities. As we look to 2020, ASA’s Government Affairs staff will work to advance policies that have a positive impact on the sportfishing industry such as enacting a federal ban on California drift gillnets, reauthorizing the Sportfish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, continuing advocating for Florida’s Everglades restoration and carry out priorities of the Modern Fish Act. While the list does…

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Fishing Boat

Alexandria, Va. – January 10, 2020 – The U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act (S.3051), which includes several wins for the recreational fishing industry. “Many of us grew up fishing with our friends and family and these memories are what help drive a bipartisan consensus on good conservation policy in Congress,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “Last night, the entire U.S. Senate came together to support recreational…

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