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ASA adds to Keep Florida Fishing team

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Kellie Ralston: Has joined the ASA’s Keep Florida Fishing campaign team.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has appointed Kellie Ralston as Fishery Policy Director for its Keep Florida Fishing initiative.

Last October the ASA’s board of directors agreed that a campaign specific to Florida was needed to ensure that the priorities of anglers and the industry were taken into account when policies and decisions are made that impact on the number one recreational fishing state in the US.

Ralston has joined Gary Jennings, who is Manager of the Keep Florida Fishing initiative’s coalition building efforts. A fifth generation Floridian, she is an expert in the state’s fisheries management.

“Kellie has the experience and education that fits perfectly with our Keep Florida Fishing goals and objectives,” said Scott Gudes, the ASA’s VP for Government Relations. “Her extensive experience working for and with Florida’s policy making process will have a positive impact on our efforts. In addition, her fisheries biology background is a great complement to her policy experience as she knows very well what science should be behind fisheries policy management decisions.”

“I am excited to join the ASA and lend my expertise to the Keep Florida Fishing initiative,” said Ralston. “As ‘the fishing capital of the world’, Florida is an integral part of the fishing industry. Over the past decade anglers and boaters have faced new challenges in fisheries management and maintaining access to public waters.

“I look forward to using my experience in state government and the legislative process to represent the ASA’s interests as we focus our efforts on Florida to address these issues now and for the future.”

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