Remaining Session of 115th Congress Could Be Productive for Recreational Fishing
With so much progress having been made to date, ASA is hopeful that several top legislative priorities for the recreational fishing industry will make it across the finish line during the remaining final weeks of the 115th Congress.
In addition to funding the federal government beyond the current funding expiration date of December 8, various other legislative priorities are being discussed for possible enactment, including:
- Farm Bill reauthorization
- Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization
- The Modern Fish Act
- HELP for Wildlife Act
ASA and many other partner organizations have kept in close contact with numerous House and Senate offices to advocate for action on these items before Congress adjourns.
ASA Members Join Letter Supporting California Salmon
ASA and dozens of its members joined in a letter to the California State Water Board calling for increasing the flows in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers to help recover the California Chinook Salmon.
The letter was organized by the Golden Gate Salmon Association, Coastside Fishing Club, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Pro-Troll and ASA. On November7, the Water Board was scheduled to vote on the proposal, but postponed the item until December 12.
ASA Opposes Allowing Harvest in the Block Island Transit Zone
ASA recently weighed in in opposition to a proposal to consider allowing recreational striped bass harvest in the Block Island Transit Zone, a unique area of federal waters substantially bounded by the state waters of New York and Rhode Island.
While ASA understand the motivations behind this proposal are focused simply on allowing recreational harvest in this geographical anomaly, if allowed in this instance, it is likely that proposals to reopen other parts of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to striped bass harvest will emerge.
The cumulative impacts of expanding striped bass harvest into areas of the EEZ may threaten the sustainability of the stock. ASA will continue to monitor this issue and engage further should the proposal move forward.