Current Issues

Current Issues

ASA's dedicated Government Affairs Team advocates on behalf of our nation's fisheries, keeping more anglers on the water.

  • Boat Speed Restrictions Could Affect Atlantic Coast Anglers

    Proposed boat speed restrictions could have dire consequences for East Coast anglers.

  • Proposed Bottom Fishing Ban

    Feds want to close bottom fishing in the South Atlantic.

  • Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act

    Anglers and hunters are America’s original conservationists. The nation depends on their continued ability to fish and hunt to maintain public lands.

  • Youth Coastal Fishing Program Act

    This program would improve equitable access to nature by providing youth with experiences on the water and interacting first-hand with the marine environment.

  • 30 x 30 Initiative

    Establishing a goal of protecting 30% of globe’s land and water by the year 2030.

  • Aquatic Invasive Species

    Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) present one of the biggest threats and challenges to sportfishing today as their continued spread has a multitude of negative impacts on fisheries, ecosystems, and local economies.

  • California 30 x 30

    The “30 by 30” initiative is a global goal to conserve 30 percent of all land and water on the planet by 2030.

  • California Proposition 65

    Proposed boat speed restrictions could have dire consequences for East Coast anglers.

  • Drift Gillnets

    Large mesh drift gillnets — which are a mile long, nearly invisible and set out overnight near the ocean’s surface to capture swordfish — are responsible for entangling, injuring and killing a wide range of marine life.

  • Everglades

    The Florida Everglades are not only an environmental wonder but also provide essential “plumbing” to move water south in the state, recharging the Biscayne Aquifer and ultimately supplying necessary freshwater to Florida Bay.

  • Farm Bill

    Agriculture has a major impact on fisheries policy and the conservation of species.