The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the sportfishing industry’s trade association, was created in 1933 to represent tackle manufacturers’ business interests. Since then, the association has evolved from representing the interests of just tackle manufacturers to championing the entire sportfishing community. The association is funded primarily through membership dues and income generated by our annual trade show.
As the nation’s recreational fishing trade association, ASA supports the interests of hundreds of businesses, agencies and organizations and is the champion for the sportfishing industry. ASA’s members include sportfishing and boating manufacturers and their representatives, allied manufacturers, independent and chain outdoor retail stores, state fish and wildlife agencies, conservation organizations, federal land and water management agencies, angler advocacy groups, outdoor media groups and journalists.
Our members, depending on their industry perspective, have different concerns varying from the federal manufacturers’ excise tax, counterfeiting, marketing and supply line changes, participation in the sport and keeping our nation’s waters open, clean and abundant with fish. ASA represents all their interests.
ASA produces the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST), the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. ICAST 2017 will be held July 11–14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
Each October, ASA hosts the Sportfishing Summit, the association’s annual business meeting and the sportfishing community’s premier networking event. The 2016 Sportfishing Summit will be held Tuesday, October 4, through Friday, October 7, at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, La.
ASA is also in the forefront of advocating for access to recreational fishing. ASA gives America’s 46 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing®, our national angler advocacy campaign.
ASA also has a Florida-based advocacy program – Keep Florida Fishing® – to help ensure that anglers in the nation’s number one state for recreational fishing have clean waters and abundant fisheries with access to both.
ASA’s conservation and habitat restoration arm, the FishAmerica Foundation, provides funding for community-based fisheries conservation and habitat restoration that help to keep the nation’s fisheries and waterways healthy and accessible for recreational fishing.
Through a wide-range of media outlets, ASA keeps its members and the broader sportfishing community up-to-date on issues, events and activities that impact recreational fishing and the industry.