What ASA is Doing
In December of 2021, Keep America Fishing, in support of the ASA Government Affairs team, launched a campaign to educate anglers about allocation issues related to flounder, scup and black sea bass. We launched a series of state-specific emails calling on state representatives on the ASMFC and MAFMC to use up-to-date data when determining allocations.
In March of 2022, Keep America Fishing created a guide to help explain this complex issue and launched an education/activation campaign which gave the sportfishing community three ways to help. Anglers were invited to take action on an action alert, review the guide or attend a webinar on the issue.
On June 7, 2022, the MAFMC and the ASMFC jointly approved a harvest control rule framework action that brings important changes to recreational management for some of the region’s most popular fisheries. ASA issued a press release about this development.