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ASA joins in putting priorities to new US Administration

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Jeff Angers, President of the CCC: “Recreational angling is a critical component of our economy and a proud part of America’s heritage of conservation.”

The Centre for Coastal Conservation (CCC) and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) have launched what they describe as ‘a landmark series of recommendations’ for the incoming US Administration.

A news release from the ASA says the proposals strive to balance improved access to public waters, economic growth and the enhanced conservation of marine fish stocks.

The guidance for federal policy makers – called ‘A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for a New Administration’ – calls for an end to antiquated federal policies that have inhibited a vital source of economic growth.

“Recreational fishing is a critical component of our economy and a proud part of America’s heritage of conservation,” said Jeff Angers, President of the CCC. “The recommendations in this report will ensure that we as a nation do all we can to continue this legacy.”

The report highlights that 11 million US anglers fish in saltwater and says the saltwater industry contributes more than $70 billion annually and generates 455,000 jobs, but points out that outdated federal policies threaten to stem this positive trend.

It recommends a shift away from using the same tools to manage both recreational and commercial fishing at federal level. It also urges new approaches that reflect the reality of demand for recreational access to marine fishery resources, the economic activity associated with it and the scientific data affirming the light footprint of recreational fishing access.

ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman said the Association looked forward to working with the new Administration to fully develop the outdoor economy and to embrace the important role that saltwater angling plays in creating jobs and promoting the enjoyment of the nation’s fisheries resources.

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