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ASA Supports Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization to Protect Fisheries
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ASA Supports Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization to Protect Fisheries

Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Ed Case (D-Hawaii) introduced the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), America’s primary law governing marine fisheries. MSA has not been reauthorized since 2006. The recreational fishing community commends Reps. Huffman and Case for their thorough approach to drafting the legislation, which included...

Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill Reflects Broad Stakeholder Engagement
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Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill Reflects Broad Stakeholder Engagement

Arlington, VA – House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Chairman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Subcommittee Member Ed Case (D-HI) introduced the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act, which would amend and reauthorize the primary law that governs federal management of U.S. ocean fisheries. Prior to introducing this bill, Chairman Huffman conducted...

Progress on Modern Fish Act Slow, But Continuing
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Progress on Modern Fish Act Slow, But Continuing

Washington, D.C.  – The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) has updated its Modern Fish Act Progress Report, which grades how the federal government is implementing the law in terms of timeliness, stakeholder input and substance. The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act) recognizes that recreational and commercial fishing are fundamentally different activities and should...

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Update on Modern Fish Act from Center for Sportfishing Policy

Washington, D.C.  – The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) has updated its Modern Fish Act Progress Report, which grades how the federal government is implementing the law in terms of timeliness, stakeholder input and substance. The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act) recognizes that recreational and commercial fishing are fundamentally different activities and should...

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Would Fund Conservation, Add Jobs
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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Would Fund Conservation, Add Jobs

AUSTIN— During the pandemic, Texans headed back to nature in record numbers, with more people visiting state parks, hunting, fishing, and boating than ever before. A new congressional proposal aims to tap that exploding interest by investing more than $50 million per year in Texas for wildlife recovery and related public education and recreation, a...

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Opposes Oregon Anti-Fishing/Hunting/Trapping Petition
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Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Opposes Oregon Anti-Fishing/Hunting/Trapping Petition

Highlights On June 3, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) submitted comments to the Oregon Secretary of State arguing the proposed ballot title language prepared by the Attorney General for Initiative Petition 13 (IP 13) failed to adequately notify voters as to the sweeping effects of the initiative. If passed, IP 13 would end all hunting,...

ASA Backs Critical Sportfishing Bills
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ASA Backs Critical Sportfishing Bills

Alexandria, VA  – The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee held an executive session that included consideration and passage of several bills supported by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). This included committee passage of S. 1995, the Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2021, authored by Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and...

Senators Highlight Recreational Boating Community In Trust Fund Hearing
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Senators Highlight Recreational Boating Community In Trust Fund Hearing

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee recently convened a hearing to consider additional measures for the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2021 (S. 1995). Introduced by Senator Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), the bill would reauthorize the $742 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which supports conservation efforts,...

Senate Touts Outdoor Recreation as Economic Driver
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Senate Touts Outdoor Recreation as Economic Driver

The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion recently held a hearing on the state of outdoor tourism, recreation, and ecotourism, noting the importance outdoor recreation has on local economies as communities recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. In opening remarks, Chairwoman Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) emphasized the role outdoor recreation plays...

Sportfishing Industry Calls on Congress to Support Conservation and Access
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Sportfishing Industry Calls on Congress to Support Conservation and Access

Alexandria, VA  – Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in participation and demand for outdoor recreation, which has created challenges and opportunities for the recreational fishing and the broader outdoor recreation industries. Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, held a hearing to examine the state of outdoor...