Weekly Policy Watch Updates From the ASA

Your weekly look at how ASA’s government affairs team is hard at work supporting sound fisheries policies throughout the country.

ASA Voices Concerns Over Potential “Vessel Slowdown Zone” in Gulf of Mexico

Last week, ASA and other recreational boating and fishing organizations called on NOAA to reject a petition establishing a year-round 10-knot (11 mph) vessel speed limit throughout the Rice’s whale’s “core” habitat area in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no evidence of a recreational vessel ever striking a Rice’s whale and ASA hopes that NOAA works with the recreational boating and fishing community on an alternative solution. Learn more.

ASA Urges U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Reconsider Traditional Tackle Prohibition

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently announced the prohibition on lead fishing tackle throughout several national wildlife refuges in which hunting and fishing opportunities are being expanded. While we appreciate USFWS’s focus on expanding fishing access for the nation’s 52 million anglers, it is deeply disappointing to see the continuation of baseless and harmful restrictions on the types of tackle they can use. Learn more.

Legislation Introduced in the House of Representatives to Curb Atlantic Speed Restrictions

Last Friday, Representatives Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), Mary Peltola (D-Alaksa), Greg Murphy (R-N.C.), John Rutherford (R-Fla.) and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) introduced legislation to prohibit NOAA from enacting a vessel speed restriction off the Atlantic coast unless such action is supported by scientific evidence. ASA thanks the Representatives for introducing this measure, which will give NOAA time to resolve the many errors throughout this rule. Learn more.

ASA President Glenn Hughes Touts the Youth Coastal Fishing Program Act in RealClearPolicy

Last Wednesday, ASA President Glenn Hughes touted the importance of the Youth Coastal Fishing Act in RealClearPolicy and called on Congress to pass the bill. Glenn’s op-ed noted the importance of introducing children to fishing at a young age and how critical this bill is to increasing participation. Read Here.


The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry and anglers a unified voice when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic, conservation and social values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 55 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing, our national angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for 800,000 people.

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