ASA Policy Watch Updates

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ASA President Glenn Hughes Speaks Out on Boating Speed Restrictions

Proposed Atlantic Coast speed restrictions are one of the greatest threats facing our industry. ASA President Glenn Hughes was invited to speak on the subject at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Lead Tackle Protections Added to Appropriations Bill

On Friday, key provisions of the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2023 (H.R. 615) were passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the FY24 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The bill included provisions that ensure that none of the allocated appropriations can be used to prohibit the use of lead ammunition or tackle on federal lands or waters designated for recreational hunting and fishing.

ASA would like to thank Rep. Rob Wittman(VA-01) for introducing this legislation which now has the support of 50 cosponsors and acts as a safeguard against the arbitrary banning of lead tackle on federal lands unless scientific evidence demonstrates harm to wildlife.

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Cosponsors Add Their Support to Youth Coastal Fishing Program Act

Earlier this year, Congress introduced legislation to create a grant program to fund community-based programs that take children on fishing trips in coastal or Great Lakes waters. This bill will increase access to the water to youth who otherwise might never learn to fish or appreciate the outdoors.

Last month, four additional co-sponsors signed onto this important legislation. ASA would like to thank Rep. Jill Tokuda (D-HI), Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA), Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), and Rep. Hillary Scholten (D-MI) for their leadership and support.

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ASA Comments on Proposal to Create Conservation Area in Florida

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft proposal to establish the Everglades to Gulf Conservation Area in 12 counties of southwest Florida. Management of the proposed Conservation Area would improve water quality, quantity and water storage within the Greater Everglades and watersheds entering Charlotte Harbor. FWS could also provide recreation opportunities including fishing in the Conservation Area. ASA commented via a letterin support of this proposal, but also cautioned FWS that ASA would not support prohibitions on lead tackle in the Conservation Area.

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Missouri Independent: Problems Plaguing Small Outdoor Recreation Businesses Explored at U.S. Senate Hearing

AIS Commission: Hill Briefing on Aquatic Invasive Species Priorities

Trout Unlimited: Conservation Coalition Urges Congress to Pass Bipartisan Bill to Clean Up Abandoned Mines 

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