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ASA Policy Watch Updates

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ASA Member Takes Center Stage at Congressional Hearing on Youth Fishing

Mike Lum, Southwest Regional Manager at Morton & Associates, and Fundraising Coordinator for Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea, testified during the House Committee on Natural Resource’s legislative hearing on January 18th in support of the Youth Coastal Fishing Program Act of 2023 (H.R. 3925).  

The proposed legislation, introduced by Reps. Maria Salazar, R-FL, and Sydney Kamlager-Dove, D-CA (pictured above with Lum, right, and ASA’s Mike Leonard, left), would establish a $2 million grant program to support projects that take kids fishing, with priority given to programs that target underserved communities. 

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ASA Leads Inaugural Fish & Feds Gathering

On January 18th, ASA spearheaded a first-of-its-kind gathering of federal agencies and the sportfishing community to discuss shared priorities and improve dialogue on resource and fisheries management. More than 30 representatives from federal agencies and the angling community were in attendance.

The goals of the group include improving dialogue and relationships, sharing information on policy priorities, and contributing to the betterment of recreational fishing. The next meeting is scheduled for later this year.

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EXPLORE Act Passes House Committee

Last week, the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed the EXPLORE Act, propelling this priority ASA legislation one step closer to becoming law. 

“Well managed and accessible federal lands are vital to recreational fishing and boating, which is the largest contributor to the outdoor recreation economy,” said Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. outdoor recreation industry is valued at $1.1 trillion

If passed, the EXPLORE Act would improve access to, and facilities in, national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and more. 

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Bridge Michigan – Opinion: As a Veteran, Michigan’s Outdoors Helps Me Heal. Let’s Help Others


Trout Unlimited – Bipartisan Win for Abandoned Mine Cleanup


Governor Ron DeSantis – Six Appointed to the Environmental Regulation Commission


Los Angeles Times – How a Santa Barbara boat trip got me hooked on the thrill of deep-sea fishing

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