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ASA Policy Watch Updates

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ASA and Conservation Partners Speak Out for Striped Bass

Last week, after months of public hearings, the ASMFC’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Board) met to finalize Addendum II which contains management changes for the 2024 striped bass season. Action on Addendum II follows a May 2023 decision where the Board voted 15-1 to evoke emergency action to address rising fishing mortality rates resulting from increased catches in 2022.

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Louisiana Proposes Rule Change for Commercial Menhaden Fishing

At least 44 large-scale menhaden spills have happened in Louisiana waters over the past four years, with the tally rising from just two in 2020 to 18 last year. In response to these incidents, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is considering a rule change to expand the coastwide buffer for commercial menhaden fishing from ¼ mile to a mile offshore. The vote will take place on Thursday, February 1.

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A Step Forward for Everglades Restoration

Last week, Martha Guyas, southeast fisheries policy director for ASA, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the filling of the first cell of the 6,500-acre Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Stormwater Treatment Area. The EAA Reservoir will help move clean water south which nourishes the Everglades, replenishes Florida’s aquifers, and supports Florida Bay. Additionally, the reservoir will help to reduce harmful discharges to the St. Lucie River, the Caloosahatchee River, and the Lake Worth Lagoon. 

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CSP:Center for Sportfishing Policy President Jeff Angers Honored with Fisherman’s Best Friend Award by Bass Pro Shops


International Pacific Halibut CommissionCompletion of the 100th Session of the IPHC Annual Meeting


UMASS AmherstResearch Finds Culling Sharks Not the Answer to Lost Tarpon Catches


TRCPRemoving Retired Gulf Rigs Ruins Offshore Fishing


AL.com:Dr. Bob Shipp, Influential Marine Researcher on Alabama Coast, Has Died

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