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Anglers and boaters engage policymakers during ‘Center Focus on Washington’

The Center for Sportfishing Policy recently hosted its annual fly-in “Center Focus on Washington,” where recreational anglers and boaters participated in critical discussions with key policymakers over the two-day meeting held May 9-11. As in years past, the Center co-located its fly-in with the American Boating Congress (ABC) hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).   Key issues for ...

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Senate committee passes Modern Fish Act

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation overwhelmingly approved S. 1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). This legislation calls for critically important updates to the oversight of federal fisheries, including adding more tools to the management toolbox, improving data collection techniques, and examining some fishery allocations that are based on decades-old ...

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RBFF welcomes three new board members

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation recently announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. Diane Bristol, Ken Hammond and Glenn Hughes will work closely with RBFF leadership to meet its mission, including its goal to increase participation from the current level of 47 million anglers to 60 million in 60 months. “Diane, Ken and Glenn all ...

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Multi-agency, association agreement seeks to bolster boating, fishing

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have announced a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The unprecedented MOU, signed just after ...

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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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