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EXPLORE Act Introduced in U.S. House

On November 29, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act. This bipartisan legislation is a companion bill to the Senate’s America’s Outdoor Recreation Act. Together, these bills will expand access and create new opportunities for Americans to get outside and enjoy the unparalleled beauty of our public lands. 

“Congress has a tremendous opportunity to bolster the nation’s $1.1 trillion outdoor recreation economy through passage of the EXPLORE Act,” said Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association. “Well managed and accessible federal lands are vital to recreational fishing and boating, which is the largest contributor to the outdoor recreation economy. The sportfishing industry thanks Chair Westerman, Ranking Member Grijalva, Chair Tiffany and Ranking Member Neguse for championing this important effort.”

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ASA Supports Regional Recreational Committee

ASA and its coalition partners are supporting establishing a recreational committee at the New England Fishery Management Council. The proposed Recreational Committee will create a more collaborative dialogue that extends beyond the prevailing focus on groundfish-related discussions. This allows recreational expertise and input on crucial aspects such as the National Recreational Fisheries Policy, MRIP findings, ecosystem-based strategies, and innovative approaches to resilient fishery management amidst changing climate patterns. The committee can also work on emerging issues including shifting fish populations, predator-prey dynamics, and the substantial influence of climate fluctuations on the northeast’s aquatic ecosystems. 

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Fishing Industry Executives Inform and Thank Anglers for Being “Primary Funders of Conservation”

During ICAST 2023, Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) partnered with ASA and top industry manufacturers to better inform and thank anglers for leading the way in conservation funding.

ASA President Glenn Hughes noted; “We have such a successful funding model that sustains healthy fisheries across the U.S. that folks need to know how it works. State wildlife agencies, fishing industry manufacturers and everyday anglers have been making conservation work for nearly a century and ASA is happy to help spread that message.”

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