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ASA expands Government Affairs team with appointment of Policy Director

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Clay Crabtree has joined the enlarged ASA Government Affairs team as its Policy Director.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is expanding its Government Affairs department to cope with its increasing workload.

The representative body for the recreational fishing industry has appointed Clay Crabtree, a former Legislative Analyst with the US Department of Health and Human Services, as its Policy Director.

“As the ASA’s membership grows and diversifies, so do the issues and concerns regarding fisheries management and conservation, as well as trade and commerce,” said Glenn Hughes, ASA President. “We are expanding our Government Affairs staff to better serve the interest of our members.

“Clay brings a good mix of policy and advocacy experience in this position as we look to ensure our industry’s future.”

“Elevating the ASA’s Government Affairs programme’s visibility – and influence – is exciting to watch and Clay’s skills and experience brings a new dimension to our team,” added Mike Leonard, ASA’s Conservation Director. “Having worked on and off the Hill, Clay’s familiarity with advocacy and the policy and legislative process will help us more effectively engage in the range of freshwater issues affecting the sportfishing industry throughout the nation.”

Crabree said: “As an avid angler, to combine my passion with my advocacy experience, I can’t tell you how happy I am to be working on policy and legislative issues that will have a positive impact on the sportfishing industry.”

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