What ASA is Doing
A new bill currently in Congress will help to ensure forage fish get the protection they deserve.
The Forage Fish Conservation Act would require that the critical role species like herring, sardines, shad and anchovies play in the marine ecosystem be accounted for when federal fisheries managers set catch limits on them.
Through Keep America Fishing, ASA launched a nationwide call to action urging sportfishing industry members and recreational anglers to contact their Senator and ask them to support the Forage Fish Conservation Act.
On October 28, 2021, the recreational fishing and boating community applauded the introduction of the Forage Fish Conservation Act by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-Fla.). The legislation and its Senate companion bill (S. 1484) would require federal fisheries managers to account for the role forage fish play in the marine ecosystem when catch limits are set on these small but important fish.
Following up on House introduction, ASA issued a press release and sent a new call to action to Keep America Fishing supporters asking them to contact their Members of Congress.