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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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Industry applauds President Obama’s decision to allow recreational fishing in expanded marine monument

The recreational fishing industry is cheering the president's decision to allow fishing in the expanded Northwest Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. President Obama on Friday announced a vast expansion of the monument, known as Papahanaumokuakea, out to 200 miles or the limits of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. In 2006, President George W. ...

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Industry groups support congressional action on Biscayne National Park, fishing access

The recreational fishing and boating community strongly supported action today by the Senate Commerce Committee to pass the recently introduced S. 3099, The Access for Sportfishing Act of 2016, which contains several marine fisheries-related provisions. The bill, championed by senators Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addresses two of the community’s top priorities. Of particular importance to the recreational ...

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American Sportfishing Association elects board of directors members for 2016

Six members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected or re-elected to fill three regional seats and three at-large seats on the board of directors. Their terms begin October 1, 2016, and they will serve two-year terms. ASA’s board members may serve three, consecutive two-year terms. Regional seats went to: Great Lakes Region – Dan Ferris, owner, Midwest Outdoors (new board member) ...

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