Sportfishing Industry Testifies Before Congress on Importance of Youth Fishing
Mike Lum with ASA member Morton & Associates, and fundraising coordinator for Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea, will testify this Thursday during the House Committee on Natural Resource’s legislative hearing in support of the Youth Costal Fishing Program Act of 2023 (H.R. 3925). Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea focuses on providing educational fishing trips and marine awareness trips for disadvantaged, physically challenged, and at-risk youth.
The bill, introduced by Reps. Maria Salazar, (R-FL), and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-CA), would support youth fishing projects by establishing a grant program under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and prioritizing programs in underserved communities.
Menhaden Getting Attention From Virginia Lawmakers
A bill before the Virginia General Assembly would fund a three-year study of the impact of industrial reduction fishing on Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay.
House Bill 19 (HB19) was introduced by Del. R. Lee Ware (R-VA 72nd District). The Virginia General Assembly convened for its 2024 session on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
The proposal would direct the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences to conduct a three-year-long study on Atlantic menhaden stocks, and how they are affected by reduction fishing.
ASA Attends National Fish Habitat Partnership Meeting
ASA’s Inland Fisheries Policy Manager, Connor Bevan, joined regional partners for the December board meeting of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP), in Charleston, SC.
The NFHP meeting coincided with a meeting of the Federal Interagency Fish Passage Working Group, which convened to coordinate the implementation of fish passage programs passed in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This interagency group has been tasked with implementing more than $2 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for culvert replacement, dam removal and road and trail remediation projects. To date, more than $530 million has been administered for almost 400 projects.
Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Revive Pebble Mine
On January 8, 2024, the Supreme Court rejected Alaska’s bid to revive the contentious copper and gold mine that was blocked by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A year ago, the EPA stopped the mine proposal, citing concerns with potential impacts on a rich aquatic ecosystem that supports the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.
The Fisherman – 2023 Hudson River ‘YOY’ Striper Numbers Plummet