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Amid growing closures and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recently sent letters to each of the fifty governors requesting that they keep recreational fishing opportunities and businesses open as much as possible.The letters were delivered to the governors’ offices on Friday, March 27.“In no way do we want to stand in the way of states’ efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we recognize that in certain cases fishing access restrictions are warranted,” said Mike Leonard, ASA’s vice president of Government Affairs. “In general, ASA believes that recreational fishing should be promoted as...

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The National Association of Manufacturers launched a new webpage to help individuals and businesses navigate the COVID-19 policies and recommendations of each state. Take a moment and view your state’s latest recommendations to help navigate the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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organizations representing Maryland’s angling and boating community sent a letter to Maryland's Secretary of Natural Resources Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio regarding the pending 2020 striped bass regulations and expressed concern over the lack of public input in the Department’s management process. “As leaders in conservation, we’re actively working to restore the iconic striped bass stock, even when that means reducing the number of fish recreational anglers are allowed to catch,” said American Sportfishing Association President Glenn Hughes. “Unfortunately, Maryland has decided to disproportionally restrict recreational anglers’ access to the striped bass fishery through unequal harvest reductions, closure of the April catch and release...

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Dec 5 - Dec 8, 2019 400 1st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Dec. 5 - Dec. 8, 2019 Thur. Dec 5, 10am - 6pm  Fri. Dec 6, 10am - 6pm  Sat. Dec 7, 10am - 7pm  Sun. Dec 8, 10am - 5pm  The 42nd Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show is the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast! The show takes place Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Come aboard and explore an extraordinary...

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Sportfishing Industry Testifies Before U.S. House of Representatives on Economic Impact ofRecreational Fishing The growing outdoor industry needs adequate infrastructure to continue its upward economic climb Alexandria, VA – October 30, 2019 – Today, the President and CEO of Temple Fork Outfitters and American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Government Affairs Committee member, Frank-Paul King, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Businesses about the economic impact of outdoor recreation.“Without clean waters and abundant fish populations, the recreational fishing industry simply cannot survive,” said King. “No one wants to fish in dirty, polluted waters where fish populations have been depleted....

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