The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), the sole trade association for the fly fishing industry, is pleased to announce that Chairman of the Board Alan Gnann will be representing the interests of the fly fishing community at an upcoming meeting with the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.
A select group of CEO’s from conservation organizations, out-of-doors related trade associations, and fishery and wildlife experts will share their concerns about environmental and conservation issues faced by their constituents with this influential Senate committee on April 22 in Washington, D.C. According to the invitation sent to Gnann by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, the purpose of the meeting is to “provide an opportunity for us to exchange ideas about our common priorities for the 111th Congress as we address conservation issues that are critical to preserving our outdoor heritage for future generations”.
Direct contact with elected officials is just one way in which AFFTA is representing our member’s interests during these tough economic times. Gnann has contacted the AFFTA Board members and past Board Chairs asking what specific issues he should address at the meeting. Topics that will be brought to the Committee’s attention are (not listed in priority): Seeking Administration support for increasing fishing participation, Pebble Mine and impacts on fishing, offshore oil drilling and saltwater aquaculture legislative amendments, invasive species – environmental and economic impacts, climate change and impacts on fish and wildlife, and balancing energy development and mineral extraction permitting processes with environmental concerns.
AFFTA will provide our members with a synopsis of the meeting in the near future.