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A bi-weekly podcast brought to you by the American Sportfishing Association covering the people, organizations, and issues that impact the recreational fishing industry.

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A bi-weekly podcast brought to you by the American Sportfishing Association covering the people, organizations, and issues that impact the recreational fishing industry.

    Understanding Fishing Equipment Federal Excise Tax Obligations

    Understanding Fishing Equipment Federal Excise Tax Obligations

    On this special edition episode, we’re talking taxes! Specifically, the federal excise tax on fishing equipment, which is paid by manufacturers and importers of fishing tackle and goes into the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. These funds are then used on projects to create more and better fishing opportunities, like habitat restoration, maintaining fish hatcheries and building boat ramps. ASA recently held a webinar with a couple of experts in excise tax compliance to walk through the nuances of how fishing tackle companies can ensure they are meeting their excise tax obligations. What's provided here is the audio from that webinar.



    Learn more about the federal excise tax on sportfishing equipment at https://asafishing.org/sportfish-restoration-excise-tax/



    For ways to get involved in sportfishing policy, visit: https://asafishing.org

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Growing a Sportfishing Business in a Rural Community with Josh Phillips

    Growing a Sportfishing Business in a Rural Community with Josh Phillips

    Josh Phillips, Owner and President of Spawn Fly Fish, joins host Mike Leonard to talk about his background, his experience starting a fly shop in the small town in coastal Washington of Ilwaco, and recently testifying before the Small Business Committee in the US House of Representatives. The hearing focused on the challenges of small business entrepreneurs in rural areas, and Josh provided some insightful testimony on issues that people in more populated areas may take for granted, like broadband access, local banking options and the high cost of essential services. He was also able to make the connection of the importance of sustainable natural resources and fishing businesses like his.



    Learn more about Spawn Fly Fish at https://spawnflyfish.com , and follow Josh's impressive Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/fishingjosh/



    For ways to get involved in sportfishing policy visit: https://asafishing.org

    • 30 min
    Shark Conservation and Depredation with Dr. Kesley Banks

    Shark Conservation and Depredation with Dr. Kesley Banks

    Dr. Kesley Banks with the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M Corpus Christi joins host Mike Leonard to talk about sharks, and specifically shark depredation. Kesley shares insights on the overall state of shark populations in the U.S., what’s contributing to increases in shark depredation and what she and other researchers are doing to better understand the issue.

    Learn more about shark depredation, and recently introduced federal legislation to help address the challenge at www.asafishing.org/shark-encounters

    Learn more about the Harte Research Institute at www.harteresearch.org

    • 24 min
    Momentum Building for Fisheries Legislation in Congress

    Momentum Building for Fisheries Legislation in Congress

    Podcast host Mike Leonard discusses three bills recently introduced in Congress that impact a wide range of recreational fishing policy issues. First is the Youth Coastal Fishing Program Act, a bill referenced in a recent podcast episode that will help introduce more kids, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to fishing. Next, a bill titled the SHARKED Act that will mitigate the increasing challenge of shark depredation - when a shark eats your catch before you can land it. Finally, Leonard discusses the Protecting Whales, Human Safety and the Economy Act, which would prevent a disastrous new rule from going into effect that would effectively shut down the Atlantic coast to boating for half the year, until technology comes on board that can better help avoid whale strikes.



    To learn more and to contact your Members of Congress in support of these bills, visit https://asafishing.org/advocacy/keep-america-fishing/

    • 27 min
    The Importance of Youth Fishing Opportunities with Mike Lum

    The Importance of Youth Fishing Opportunities with Mike Lum

    Mike Lum, Fundraising Coordinator for Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea program, talks with host Mike Leonard about his work organizing youth fishing trips. The trips are designed to connect youth with no prior fishing experience to the sport. Lum shares stories of the life-changing power of fishing and explains how the program fosters the next generation of anglers.

    A recently reintroduced bill, the Youth Coastal Fishing Program Act, would ensure that more programs like Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea receive federal funding.

    To learn more about the bill visit: https://asafishing.org/youth-fishing-program-act/

    For more information on Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea program visit: https://captainrollos.org/

    For ways to get involved in sportfishing policy visit: https://asafishing.org/

    • 33 min
    Fisheries in the Farm Bill with Chris Horton

    Fisheries in the Farm Bill with Chris Horton

    Chris Horton, Senior Director, Fisheries Policy at the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), speaks with host Mike Leonard about how the Farm Bill can benefit fisheries. CSF and ASA have been leading partners in a new initiative called Fisheries in the Farm Bill, which amplifies the value of Farm Bill conservation programs for fisheries. Farm Bill is one of the federal government's largest investments in conservation, and includes efforts that contribute to clean water, healthy fish habitat, and fishing access.



    To learn more about CSF visit: https://congressionalsportsmen.org/



    For ways to get involved in sportfishing policy visit: https://asafishing.org/

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Rip Cunningham ,

Novel Halibut Quota

Mike does a great job of asking the right questions to get the information needed by the listener to understand the issue being discussed. Very useful.

PNW Sportfisherman ,

Politics of Fish

Great show. Wide range of guests covering interesting topics. Can’t wait to hear what next!!

AimeeListens ,

The Politics of Fish

Very helpful in explaining the politics behind how fish are managed in the U.S. Who knew?!

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