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Waine appointed ASA Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director

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Michael Waine has joined the ASA from the NOAA as Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has appointed a policy director to oversee fisheries management issues in the important Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

Michael Waine has joined the organisation as Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he was a Fisheries Management Analyst.

“Mike’s seasoned experience at the state and federal levels adds another layer of expertise to our Government Affairs team to help respond to the myriad of east coast fisheries policy issues that impact upon our members and fishermen,” said ASA President, Glenn Hughes.

“Mike came highly recommended to us as an authority on Atlantic fisheries management and we look forward to working with him.”

“Given the numerous fisheries management issues in the region, affecting important species like striped bass, summer flounder, menhaden and black sea bass, the recreational fishing industry needs a strong voice to engage in the policymaking process,” said Mike Leonard, the ASA’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “He is well qualified to serve this role for us and I am excited that he is joining the ASA team.”

“It is an honour to join the ASA’s Government Affairs team where I can use my passion for fishing, existing working relationships and on-the-ground experience to represent the interests of the ASA membership,” said Waine. “The sport fishing industry is facing many new challenges in the Atlantic region and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and engaging the ASA’s membership in the fishery management process.”

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