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  • Federal Recreational Fishing Data Moves Into 21st Century Due to New Legislation

    Federal Recreational Fishing Data Moves Into 21st Century Due to New Legislation

    In the same week that Congress rolled out landmark bipartisan legislation to make historic ...

  • Recreational Boating Infrastructure Legislation

    Recreational Boating Infrastructure Legislation

    This week, Representatives introduced bipartisan legislation that ensures critical water infrastructure projects are funded on an equitable, sustainable, and needs based system – a top priority on NMMA’s infrastructure agenda.

  • Important Fisheries Legislation Heard in the House

    Important Fisheries Legislation Heard in the House

    On January 14, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife hosted a hearing on several bills aimed at improving fisheries and coral management and improving the disaster relief process for fishing communities.

  • Legislation Passed Requiring Permits for Non-Motorized Boats

    Legislation Passed Requiring Permits for Non-Motorized Boats

    Last week, the Oregon Senate and House passed SB47 – legislation that would require operators of nonmotorized boats to purchase a waterway access permit – sending the measure to Governor Kate Brown who is expected to sign it into law.

  • Bipartisan legislation to immediately restore pay for U.S. Coast Guard

    Bipartisan legislation to immediately restore pay for U.S. Coast Guard

    With the federal government shutdown now in its fourth week, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is supporting bipartisan legislation to immediately restore pay for U.S. Coast Guard members.

  • First-Ever Sportfishing-Focused Legislation to Pass Congress Heads to President’s Desk

    First-Ever Sportfishing-Focused Legislation to Pass Congress Heads to President’s Desk

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). Today’s vote was the final step toward sending the landmark legislation to the President’s desk after it passed the Senate on December 17.

  • Sportfishing-Focused Legislation Heads to House for Final Passage

    Sportfishing-Focused Legislation Heads to House for Final Passage

    The U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). The legislation, which would make critical updates to the oversight of federal fisheries, marks a big step forward for America’s angling community and now moves to the U.S. House for final passage.

  • Satlwater Anglers Benefit from Landmark Legislation That Advances in U.S. House

    Satlwater Anglers Benefit from Landmark Legislation That Advances in U.S. House

    The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen. A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community endorsed H.R. 200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provisions into the nation’s primary law governing federal fisheries management.

  • Senators Weigh in on Billfish Conservation Act

    Senators Weigh in on Billfish Conservation Act

    Conservationists and anglers are praising a bill filedWednesday by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) that seeks to clear the way for full implementation of a landmark law to raise protections for billfish. The Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) was lauded when it was signed into law in 2012, but a slight ambiguity in the wording of the original legislation prevented it from being implemented as intended by the federal government.

  • Sportfishing Industry Applauds Senate Passage of Water Resources Development

    Sportfishing Industry Applauds Senate Passage of Water Resources Development

    Alexandria, VA – September 16, 2016 - The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Keep Florida Fishing® commend the U.S. Senate for passing the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), which provides essential funding for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), as well as infrastructure and other habitat and water quality projects throughout the nation.

  • Recreational Fishing Industry Brings Policy Priorities to Capitol Hill

    Recreational Fishing Industry Brings Policy Priorities to Capitol Hill

    Alexandria, VA – – During the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) annual spring Government Affairs Committee meeting, recreational fishing industry leaders met with Members of Congress, federal agencies and the Obama Administration to advocate for one of the nation’s most popular outdoor sports. The meeting, held in conjunction with the American Boating Congress, was held May 10-11, in Washington, D.C.

  • Recognizing 40 Years of the Legislation That Established U.S. Fishing Boundaries

    Recognizing 40 Years of the Legislation That Established U.S. Fishing Boundaries

    Tonight, recreational and commercial fishing representatives, Members of Congress, and key former and current individuals from the administration gathered on Capitol Hill in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation that established a framework to manage domestic, federal saltwater fisheries.

  • Anglers Score a Win in Senate Environment & Public Works Committee

    Anglers Score a Win in Senate Environment & Public Works Committee

    Recreational anglers scored another big victory last week -- and so did the economy of the entire Gulf of Mexico -- as the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved an amendment by Louisiana Senator David Vitter to permanently expand state control of reef fish, including the prized Gulf red snapper, from 3 to 9 miles offshore for the three northern Gulf states.