Recreational fishing is one of this country’s most favorite pastimes. Each year, 60 million Americans, alone or with friends and family, spend time on the water. However after years of steady growth, recreational fishing participation rates have leveled off. Some states have even experienced declines in participation.
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the parent organization of KeepAmericaFishing™. Since its founding in 1933, ASA has represented the interests of the entire sportfishing community to help ensure that we have clean water, abundant fish and plenty of places to go fishing.
In July 2010 ASA launched KeepAmericaFishing as a way for anglers to get involved in advocating for their sport. The website – www.KeepAmericaFishing.org – is the vehicle through which anglers can engage in advocacy, sign up to receive news and alerts and show their support by contributing to the campaign.
To ensure the future of our sport, we need to be represented at every table where decisions are made about the future of recreational fishing. And that takes time, people and funding. ASA's members and staff are passionate about maintaining healthy fisheries and your right to sustainably fish on our nation's public waterways.
The FishAmerica Foundation is the conservation and research foundation of the American Sportfishing Association—keeping our nation’s fish and waters healthy. FishAmerica provides grants to non-profits, conservation minded groups to enhance fish populations, restore fisheries habitat, improve water quality and advance fisheries research to improve sportfishing opportunities and success.
FishAmerica unites the sportfishing and boating industry with non-endemic corporations, foundations and government agencies to invest in fisheries and habitat in the US and Canada. Since 1983, FishAmerica has awarded over $10 million to more than 1,000 projects in all fifty states and Canada.
Our grants empower local communities and leverage volunteer support to invest in the future of fishing. These grants are an important part of the broader nationwide efforts to conserve the outdoors and ensure millions of Americans and future generations can enjoy fishing.
In the mid-1990s the sportfishing industry, through the American Sportfishing Association, agreed that using a portion of the federal manufacturers’ excise tax on fishing tackle to create a dedicated funding source to increase participation in fishing and boating was a good move for our industry.
In 1998, the U.S. Congress passed the Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act. The Act required the Secretary of the Interior to implement a national outreach and communication plan to address participation issues associated with recreational fishing and boating, while ensuring public support for aquatic resource conservation.
Through the efforts of the Sportfishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC), the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) was created as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to implement a national public relations, marketing and advertising campaign to get more people fishing and boating.