Overview of the Issue

The decline of our fish and wildlife stocks and loss of natural habitat is one of America’s greatest threats. Scientists estimate that one-third of fish and wildlife species in the United States are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered. Healthy, sustainable fish and wildlife populations drive many sectors of our economy.

What ASA is Doing

Fortunately, new legislation has been introduced in Congress that could remedy this problem. Known as the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), this new bill would dedicate $1.4 billion to state and tribal fish and wildlife agencies to implement science-based recovery plans. These conservation and restoration efforts will help ensure fish and wildlife species do not become endangered. In the process, cleaner waters and healthier fish habitat will be generated, ultimately benefiting fishing opportunities.

In April 2021, ASA published a press release and engaged Keep America Fishing supporters nationwide by asking them to send a message to their U.S. Representative requesting their support on this important bill. In September 2021, ASA once again engaged Keep America Fishing supporters across the nation asking them to send a message to their Senators and Representative. In December 2021, Keep America Fishing sent a nationwide call to action asking supporters to contact their members of Congress to support RAWA. In January of 2022, RAWA was being considered by the House Natural Resources Committee. KAF sent a call to action to supporters who were constituents of committee members asking them to support the legislation. The Committee voted in favor of RAWA on a vote of 26-6.

In April 2022, RAWA had moved on to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Again, KAF sent a call to action to supporters in the states with Senators on that important committee. The Committee passed the bill on a bipartisan vote of 15-5. This was another important step toward moving this legislation across the finish line.

On June 13, 2022, KAF sent a call to action to KAF Supporters nationwide asking them to contact their Representatives. Soon after, the House passed RAWA in a 231-190 vote.

ASA will continue to advocate for RAWA’s passage and work with partners and some of the 35 Senate cosponsors to get this legislation across the finish line.

What You Can Do

Contact your Members of Congress and encourage them to support this bill today.

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For more information, contact ASA Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Leonard.