COVID-19 Resources for the Sportfishing Industry

The American Sportfishing Association continues to monitor the current situation and its potential impact on the recreational fishing industry. We know that you are doing your best to stay on top of information and advice that directly impacts your business, your employees and your customers.

Below are resources to help you manage your business operations during this challenging time. We will update this page to share additional information as it becomes available.

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We hope that you continue to encourage anglers to spend time on the water. What better way is there to practice ‘social distancing,’ as health authorities recommend, than to seize the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fishing? To that end, we have included some resources to help you and your customers (and their customers) stay up to date on ways to do just that.

State Natural Resources Agencies

Recognizing the significant threat that COVID-19 poses to the American public, ASA supports federal and state land management and fisheries agencies modifying their policies to ensure the safety of their employees and the public. Additionally, ASA supports efforts by the agencies to:

Encourage the public to pursue reasonable and responsible fishing activities.

Keep fishing access sites open to the public as much as possible and make information on facility openings and closings widely available and accessible.

Ensure that the electronic purchase of fishing licenses, boat registrations and other permits are widely promoted and accessible to the public.

Learn more about each state’s fish and wildlife agency response to COVID-19.

Sportfishing Industry Asks Governors to Support Recreational Fishing

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.

Online Resources

Federal Natural Resource Agencies COVID-19 Response Plans

Bureau of Land Management

National Park Service

NOAA Sanctuaries

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Congressional, Federal and State Response

Centers for Disease Control

View the latest updates and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


“Phase Three” COVID-19 Relief Bill: Key Provisions

Legislative update on lending, tax, health care, labor and individual provisions in the relief bill.


State and Local COVID-19 Response Information

Get the latest information on executive orders, closures and advisories.


State COVID Operations Snapshot

Up-to-date information on state and local declarations and their impact on manufacturing operations and facilities.


U.S. Trade Representative

Invites Public Comments to Identify Additional Products Potentially Helpful to U.S. Response.


Business Resources

Small Businesses – What You Need to Know

Requirements and resources for managing your small business including, new qualified sick leave policies and information on several Small Business Administration loan programs.


Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): Coronavirus and COVID-19

Resources for employers regarding the coronavirus, including answers to questions regarding employee leave, policies and practices, communicable disease policies, and emergency remote-work plans. NOTE: Some of these resources are free, some require membership.


OSHA – Employee Health & Safety

View the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) latest updates for workers and employers.


Marketing & Communication Best Practices During COVID-19 Crisis

Recommendations for a careful and calculated approach to your marketing and communications outreach.



Lower the Barriers to Fishing

By installing the Recreational Fishing & Boating Foundation’s Fishing License & Boat Registration Website Plugin you’ll help to facilitate license sales, increasing the number of fishing trips and anglers and position your business as a trusted resource for the items needed to fish.

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