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Federal Spending Bill Includes ASA Priorities

Over the weekend, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released the first package of final Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bills, expected to be considered by Congress this week. The package includes many provisions to support fisheries conservation and fishing access, including:
 • Prohibition on the Environmental Protection Agency regulating traditional fishing tackle.
• Improvements to marine recreational data collection, including implementing the Modern Fish Act.
• Support for state management and stock assessments for red snapper in the Gulf and South Atlantic.
• Full funding for the National Fish Habitat Partnership.

ASA encourages Congress to pass this funding package to support America’s $148 billion recreational fishing economy.

Sportfishing Industry, Anglers Provide $1.3 Billion for Conservation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced $1.3 billion in appointments to state and tribal conservation agencies through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. These funds are derived from excise taxes paid last year by manufacturers of sportfishing equipment, ammunition, firearms and archery equipment, and a fuel and small engine tax.

Since 1937, more than $28 billion has been distributed through annual apportionments for conservation and public access projects.

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ASA Testifies Before Maryland General Assembly

Mike Waine, ASA’s Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director, joined partners in Annapolis to testify before the General Assembly on proposed legislation that would close recreational fishing for striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay for March – adding to an existing April 1-May 15 closure. 

The proposal lacks scientific justification and would cause substantial economic harm to the recreational fishing industry. Read our joint letter to the Committee.Watch Mike’s Testimony

South Central Florida Life: Lake Okeechobee Slowly Receding 

USFWS: Multiple Fisheries Projects Received Funding to Advance Research 

Maine.eduResearchers Explore the Life Cycle of North America’s Last Atlantic Salmon Population 

Newsweek: Video Shows Sharks Swarming, Attacking Charter Boat 

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