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ASA President, CEO Mike Nussman announces retirement

After decades of dedicated Capitol Hill service on advocating for fisheries resource conservation and management, and as the leader for the recreational fishing industry’s trade association, the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) Mike Nussman will retire March 31, 2018. ASA posted a news release announcing Nussman's retirement late Thursday. Nussman joined the association in December 1992 as Vice President of Government Affairs ...

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Industry leaders and FWC begin R3 Initiative

Recreation industry leaders, including representatives of the American Sportfishing Association and Keep Florida Fishing, gathered Monday for a roundtable discussion with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission focused on ways to work together to boost participation in outdoor activities through the recruitment, retention and reactivation of anglers – also known as the R3 initiative. During the discussion, panel members ...

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Bipartisan senators introduce the Modern Fish Act

The recreational fishing and boating community praised the Senate introduction of the Modern Fish Act by Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017” (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America’s federal waters, promote conservation of our natural ...

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Fishing, boating advocates praise Modern Fish Act

A coalition of boating and recreational fishing associations praised the introduction of a bill that addresses critical challenges facing saltwater recreational fishing at the federal level. Led by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.), the “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017” (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America’s federal ...

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ASA supports NC Sound Economy initiative

The American Sportfishing Association’s Board of Directors has voted in favor of supporting the NC Sound Economy initiative. The NC Sound Economy is a newly formed and growing coalition of recreational fishermen, business leaders and concerned citizens that work together to urge state legislators to adopt fisheries management policies that both grow the fishery in North Carolina’s sounds and maximize ...

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Weekly 5: Industry urges Florida to address water issues

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Industry urges Florida to address water issues Leaders from the boating and tourism industries are seeking urgent action to address water quality in the state of Florida, the ...

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ASA applauds Florida governor’s fishery management nominations

The American Sportfishing Association and its Florida advocacy arm, Keep Florida Fishing, are praising Florida Gov. Rick Scott for his recommendations to the secretary of commerce for appointments to both the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Nominees for the open recreational fishing seat on the GMFMC include Phil Dyskow, former president of ...

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Updated economic contributions of recreational fishing by U.S. Congressional districts

The American Sportfishing Association and Southwick Associates have released the 2017 update of Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, along with a new series of one-page infographics, which depict recreational fishing’s economic impact on all 435 Congressional districts and the 50 states. The information in the report and infographics use data from the most recent U.S. Fish and ...

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Industry applauds new NOAA fisheries, Magnuson-Stevens guidelines

Changes to national standards for Magnuson-Stevens are receiving accolades from the recreational fishing industry. NOAA Fisheries last week filed in the Federal Register its final rule to revise the guidelines for National Standards (NS) 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).    MSA contains 10 national standards which guide the contents and objectives of federal ...

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