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Zinke appointment as Secretary of Interior welcomed by ASA

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The ASA has welcomed the appointment of Rep. Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has joined other representatives of the outdoor recreation industry in expressing its support for the nomination of Republican Ryan Zinke as the next Secretary of the Interior.

“In Rep. Zinke, President-elect Donald Trump has tapped a true leader and a sportsman to run the agency that oversees much of America’s natural resources and public parks and lands that are so important to fishing and hunting,” said Scott Gudes, the ASA Vice President of Government Affairs. “Rep. Zinke has served as an active member of the House of Natural Resources Committee. He is an angler and hunter who hails from a state where the importance of the outdoor recreation economy is understood.”

Rep. Zinke was elected to Congress in 2014 after a distinguished career in the US Navy where he served as a Commander.

He was a recent co-sponsor of the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016, which was passed and signed into law this month. The act will lead to the US economic agencies, like the Bureau of Economic Analysis, providing economic statistics and forecasts for the outdoor recreation economy. It is currently estimated that the sector, which includes sportfishing and boating, contributes approximately $646 billion per year to the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“Rep. Zinke has visited ASA members in his home state and has seen first-hand that sportfishing is about outdoor recreation, quality of life and also about jobs and economic growth,” added Gudes. “For anglers, the biggest issue nationally is access. Secretary-designee Zinke understands that public lands and waters belong to the public and access is critically important.”

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