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WIN 2017

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www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com | 21 Congress recently passed, and the President signed, an ASA-supported bill that included a $1.95 billion authorization for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). CEPP is a critical step toward facilitating the flow and treatment of water south of Lake Okeechobee in Florida into the Everglades, providing relief for the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuary systems by reducing substantial freshwater releases that have caused significant habitat and fisheries damage, and algal blooms (See GHM Fall 2016). This past December, President Obama signed into law the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016. The bill, known as the Outdoor REC Act, ensures the outdoor economy—including recreational sportfishing—and its estimated six million jobs and $646 billion impact are considered part of the nation's annual GDP (gross domestic product). It means the outdoor industry's economic statistics will be measured in the same comprehensive way as other business sectors and sportfishing's contributions to travel and tourism, not just the purchase of tackle, are understood. An area of emphasis in 2017 and beyond will be recruiting new anglers to the sport. Participation is trending down in younger demographics, which could impact the economy as well as conservation efforts. To address this challenge, the non-profit Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, with the industry's support, has launched an effort dubbed "60 in 60," which aims to reach 60 million anglers in 60 months (2020). For more information on the outstanding efforts of the American Sportfishing Association and Keep America Fishing, and how you can do your part, visit www.asafishing.org and www.keepamericafishing.com.

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