ASA Policy Watch Updates

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Single Day South Atlantic Red Snapper Season Reinforces Need for Substantial Management Changes

NOAA Fisheries announced a one-day Atlantic recreational red snapper season for 2024, which will occur on Friday, July 12. The American Sportfishing Association is very disappointed with NOAA Fisheries’ decision to once again reduce Atlantic red snapper harvest opportunities despite scientific evidence that red snapper are more abundant now than they have been in most people’s lifetimes and that the fishery continues to improve ahead of expectations.

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Keep Florida Fishing Applauds Florida Budget that Supports Water Quality and Conservation

Keep Florida Fishing applauds Governor Ron DeSantis for signing the Fiscal Year 2024 – 2025 budget that includes funding for numerous projects and initiatives that will support fisheries habitat and water quality in Florida, and ultimately help Florida’s sportfishing community thrive.

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ASA Attends Pacific Fisheries Management Council Meeting

ASA’s Pacific Fisheries Policy Director, Larry Phillips, joined partners at the quarterly Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting last week in San Diego, CA. Notable items on the meeting agenda included Pacific salmon management in California’s Sacramento River, groundfish management in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the adoption of a final list of groundfish stocks for assessments, including a benchmark assessment of quillback rockfish, for 2025. ASA will continue to advocate for science-based stock management that allows for recreational fishing opportunities and promotes the priorities of the sportfishing industry. 
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Rep. Dan Kildee:House Passes Amendment to Ban Nuclear Waste Storage in Great Lakes Basin

ORR: Letter Signed by 250 Outdoor Businesses and Organizations Calls on Senate to Pass EXPLORE Act

Georgia DNR:Coastal Resources Division Completes Three Artificial Reef Additions

Utah DNR:Blue Ribbon Fisheries Program Allocates $440K to Enhance Some of Utah’s Best Fishing Spots During 2024–25

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