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ASA News is the monthly e-newsletter from the American Sportfishing Association. Please scroll down for the complete document. Use the links in the right hand navigation under the specific topic area to access additional information.

For more information contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, (703) 519-9691, x227.



Don’t Miss the Friday, June 10, ICAST Deadlines
ICAST 2011 pre-registration rates apply if you register Friday, June 10. After June 10, higher on-site registration rates apply. All attendees must be badged in order to access the show floor. ASA has also arranged special discounts for ICAST attendees with partner hotels that are conveniently located near the Las Vegas Convention Center, including the Las Vegas Hilton. When registering for the show, you may also make reservations at the official ICAST hotels. You must register for the show to take advantage of the ICAST room block rates. For more information about registration and housing, contact Experient Customer Service at ASA-ICAST@experient-inc.com or (301) 694-5243.

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Thank You ICAST 2011 Sponsors
ICAST 2011 sponsors are: GoldCrocodile Bay Resort, Fishing Tackle Retailer, Frabill, Inc., the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign and Versus; SilverDave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing, Fishouflage Apparel, In-Fisherman, Gemini Sport Marketing and Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corporation; and BronzeClassic Fishing Products, Inc., Fishgillz Sunglass Co., Outdoor InSite, LLC, RecTec, LCC, Ryjus Group, Scent Blazer Pty. Ltd., Silverfish Press and Southwick Associates. This list is current as of June 9, 2011.

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Reserve Your Seat for the Industry Breakfast
information on the state of our industry during the Industry Breakfast being held Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Michael Colopy, a world-recognized expert in global political and economic agendas, is our guest speaker. He’ll provide an overview of the trends that will have an impact on global trade. Tickets are required and can be purchased when registering for the show. The breakfast tickets sell quickly, so please purchase your tickets now. After June 10, the ticket price increases from $40 to the on-site price of $50.

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ICAST 2011 New Product Showcase and the “Best of Show” Awards
More fishing products are unveiled during the ICAST New Product Showcase than anywhere else in the world. The New Product Showcase is the premier venue where established manufacturers and entrepreneurs alike debut their latest innovations in fishing gear and accessories. Buyers and Media-Editorial badge holders evaluate each new product and vote for the prestigious “Best of Show” awards in 21 product categories and the overall “Best of Show.” Voting begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, during the New Product Showcase Preview Reception, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, and ends at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. The awards are presented during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception, sponsored by Frabill, Inc., being held Wednesday, July 13, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center. All ICAST attendees are welcome to attend the Chairman’s Reception.

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FISH! Tales – Honor the Man Who Took You Fishing
This Father's Day, honor your father, grandfather or the man who taught you to fish, and
share your favorite FISH! Tale with other anglers who share your passion for fishing on www.KeepAmericaFishing.org. If your story “weighs in,” we will post it on the KeepAmericaFishing website so you can share with your family and friends. Hurry up and drop us a line because stories are due by June 15. As a thank you for telling your tale, we'll send you two FISH! decals – one for you and one to share.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard Through KeepAmericaFishing™
The website – www.KeepAmericaFishing.org– is the vehicle through which you can help keep our public waterways open to recreational fishing by engaging in advocacy, signing up to receive news and alerts and contributing to the campaign. To ensure the future of our sport, we need to be represented at every table where decisions are made about the future of recreational fishing. That takes time, people and funding. Go to www.KeepAmericaFishing.org today and voice your support!

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Celebrate National Fishing & Boating Week
It’s National Fishing & Boating Week – June 4 – June 12 – and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) Take Me Fishing™ campaign is asking kids, families and outdoor adventurers to celebrate summer the “old-fashioned way” – by getting outside and creating memories on the water. Visit TakeMeFishing.org or follow Take Me Fishing on Facebook for a list of free fishing days, information about thousands of places to boat and fish and fan badges that you can download or embed on your social media profiles. Questions? Email rbff@rbff.org.

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California’s Anglers Claim another Legal Victory
On May 31, a San Diego Superior Court judge ordered that the Natural Resources Defense Council and Ocean Conservancy have no legal right to intervene in a Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO) lawsuit that asks the court to set aside no-fishing regulations established through the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. Had intervention been allowed, these groups would have become parties to the litigation with full rights to participate. The ruling on intervention is the latest in a series of victories for California's sportfishing community in the legal effort against the MLPA Initiative. For more information read the PSO’s press release.

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Attend a National Ocean Policy Listening Session Near You
On June 2, the National Ocean Council released nine strategic action plans for addressing President Obama’s new National Ocean Policy’s priority objectives. In June and July, the council is hosting 12 listening sessions throughout the United States to hear input from stakeholders, including anglers and boaters. Your input is essential to help ensure that recreational fishing and boating receives priority consideration in the new ocean policy which covers our nation’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. More information on the upcoming listening sessions is available on KeepAmericaFishing. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your voice be heard!

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Proposed Mine Threatens Alaska’s Bristol Bay
The proposed Pebble Mine mining complex, which could produce up to ten billion tons of toxic waste, could devastate Alaska’s Bristol Bay – home to the largest salmon run and other important recreational fisheries. ASA is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to use its authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act to withdraw the waters and wetlands of Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from future mining consideration. Please send a message to your Members of Congress urging them to protect Alaska's sport fisheries. For more information go to the Bristol Bay Pebble Mine proposal.

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Recreational Fishing Season Dates Announced for the Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently announced 2011 fishing season regulations which have a significant impact on three of the most popular sport fish. Of particular note are the new regulations for Red Snapper, Gag Grouper and Greater Amberjack. NOAA Fisheries considers these species to be overfished and the new regulations are intended to rebuild these fish stocks and minimize the potential for early in-season closures. ASA is very concerned with the scientific and economic data being used by NOAA and the Council in making these management decisions and is working with Congress, NOAA Fisheries and the regional Fishery Management Councils to improve the timeliness and quality of all the data and to avoid unnecessary fishing restrictions. For details about the 2011 season regulations, go to the Gulf Council website at www.gulfcouncil.org/fishing_regulations/index.php.

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NOAA Fisheries Releases Its Report Card
Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Eric Schwaab recently sent a message to the recreational fishing community about a new recreational saltwater fishing report and updating the community on priority issues and steps that have been taken since the 2010 Recreational Fishing Summit. Recreational Fisheries at NOAA: A Growing Legacy details NOAA Fisheries’ actions and accomplishments from the past year. For more information view Schwaab’s video message.

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Recreational Fishing Coalition Releases Gulf Recovery Recommendations
In May the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) released Recommendations for Recovery, a report that outlines recommendations for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico’s fisheries, fish and wildlife habitat and economy following last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. For more information read Recommendations for Recovery.

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California's Salmon are Running Out of Water and Time
Agricultural interests are spending millions of dollars on lawsuits and campaigns in an attempt to overturn important biological opinions and increase private water rights. Increased water diversion for agricultural irrigation is having a devastating impact on recreational salmon fishing and businesses that depend on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta's fishery. Two of the Delta's four salmon runs are currently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are required to evaluate any project that may impact ESA-listed fish and issue a biological opinion. Their 2009 opinions called for reduced pumping rates and improved upriver habitat conditions. While this is a large improvement from previous policies, more change is necessary if all four salmon runs are to recover. Send a message to your Members of Congress and the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce urging them to support and uphold the current biological opinions.

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Australia Announces Proposal to Establish More No-Fishing Zones
The Australian Government is proposing to close 40 percent of the waters off the country’s South West coast to recreational fishing using a network of eight marine protected areas (MPAs). The South West is the first of five regions of Australia for which the country is developing “marine bioregional plans” by 2012. Once finalized, the marine bioregional plans and accompanying MPAs will join Australia’s National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas, which is already comprised of over 200 MPAs covering 10 percent of Australia’s exclusive economic zone waters. These efforts are supported by a coalition of Australian and international environmental organizations. For more information visit the Australian government's marine bioregional planning website.

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FishAmerica Receives $3.3 Million in Requests for Sportfish Habitat Restoration
The FishAmerica Foundation received 59 proposals requesting more than $3.3 million for community-based sportfish habitat restoration projects across coastal America through FishAmerica’s partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center. With less than $1 million available in funding for these projects, the foundation asks for your contributions to help improve sportfish. Grants will be awarded in October 2011. Since 1998, FishAmerica and NOAA Restoration Center have invested $6 million in 270 projects – leveraging more than $14 million for vital sportfish habitat conservation in 25 states. Read more about our partnership and its impacts at: http://www.fishamerica.org/projects/noaa.html.

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