Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints New Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has announced that Michael Waine, most recently a Fisheries Management Analyst with NOAA Fisheries, has joined the ASA staff as Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director.
Based in Morehead City, N.C., Waine will focus on fisheries policy in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.
“Mike’s seasoned experience at the state and federal levels adds another layer of expertise to our Government Affairs team to help respond to the myriad of East coast fisheries policy issues that impact our members and anglers,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “Mike came highly recommended to us as an authority on Atlantic fisheries management and we look forward to working with him.”
“Given the numerous fisheries management issues in the region affecting important species like striped bass, summer flounder, menhaden and black sea bass, the recreational fishing industry needs a strong voice to engage in the policymaking process,” said Mike Leonard, ASA’s vice president of Government Affairs.