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ASA’s Government Affairs Committee is comprised of individuals representing a wide array of sportfishing businesses and associations from across the country. The committee meets twice a year to discuss key legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry and to guide ASA’s positions and activities regarding these issues.

During its spring meeting held March 14-15, ASA’s Government Affairs Committee held briefings with three federal agencies, hosted a panel of key Congressional staff and met with over two dozen Congressional offices.

The Committee discussed a variety of pressing policy issues affecting the recreational fishing industry, including: passage of the Sportsmen’s Act and modernization of saltwater recreational fisheries management, Everglades restoration, invasive species control in the Great Lakes and public access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

“ASA’s Government Affairs Committee meeting is an important opportunity for the industry to meet face-to-face with decision-makers who impact fisheries conservation and access throughout the country,” said Gary Zurn, senior vice president of Industry Relations for Big Rock Sports and committee Chairman. “Despite a slight hiccup with the snowstorm impacting travel, we still had an excellent turnout and participation from over 30 attendees.”

“As an industry, we face numerous federal legislative challenges, so it’s vitally important for Members of Congress and federal agencies hear firsthand from our members about the importance of recreational fishing to the nation’s economy and wellbeing,” said Scott Gudes, ASA Government Affairs Vice President. “Thankfully, our industry is well represented by the members of our Government Affairs Committee who dedicate their time and energy to tackling these challenges.”

For more information, contact Government Affairs VP Scott Gudes.