What ASA is Doing
Together with our partners, ASA is working with House Natural Resource staff to advocate for passage of this legislation before the end of 2020.
Through Keep America Fishing, supporters were informed about the issue and thousands of emails were generated to key legislative targets over the duration of the campaign.
After being approved by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906). Unfortunately, the bill was vetoed in the last days of the previous administration.
On February 8, 2021, Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) reintroduced the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act. Count on ASA and Keep America Fishing to keep you up to date on the status of this important legislation.
On September 14, 2021, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act was passed by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent. “We now look to the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly take up this legislation and send it to the President’s desk,” said Danielle Cloutier, Pacific Fisheries Policy director for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “Enactment of the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act would be a huge victory for marine conservation and future fishing opportunities.”