ASA boosts Government Affairs team with new director
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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has bolstered its Government Affairs team with the appointment of a new Pacific Fisheries Policy Director.
Danielle Cloutier’s experience in fisheries policy and ocean conservation will bring a new layer of expertise to help respond to the wide range of Pacific fisheries policy issues that impact ASA members and anglers, said the association’s President, Glenn Hughes. “Danielle’s skill set is well suited to this position and will elevate ASA’s involvement in these important issues,” he added.
“I am excited for Danielle to join ASA’s team and allow us to better partner with the numerous fisheries conservation organisations currently active on Pacific issues,” said Mike Leonard, ASA Vice President of Government Affairs. “By bringing on board someone with Danielle’s talent and experience, ASA can help amplify the recreational fishing community’s effectiveness in tackling challenges and opportunities in the region.”
Cloutier most recently worked for Oceana, where she covered government relations for the organisation’s fisheries and conservation campaigns, including on issues supported by the ASA, such as banning California drift gillnets and preventing shark finning.
“I am thrilled to be a member of ASA’s Government Affairs team,” said Cloutier. “As a recreational angler hailing from a manufacturing community, I look forward to working on policies that help ensure America’s anglers continue to have access to our precious natural resources in addition to those that support critical manufacturing.”
• Josey Cline is the newly appointed Everett R. Hames Policy Fellow, a two-year position. She will be part of the ASA’s Government Affairs team, providing support on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues. “As a former policy fellow, I know how important this position is in assisting nearly all that ASA’s Government Affairs programmes do,” said Mike Leonard, ASA Vice President of Government Affairs. “I am fully confident that Josey will continue the successful track records of recent policy fellows who have made invaluable contributions to our efforts.”