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- Welcome to the New ASA News!
- Congress Nears Decision on FY2011
- ICAST Connects the Global Sportfishing Industry
- Register Now for ICAST 2011
- Thank You ICAST 2011 Sponsors
- Have You Heard About KeepAmericaFishing™?
- Let Your Voice Be Heard Through KeepAmericaFishing™
- Recreational Fishing Proposals Open for Comment
- California Marine Life Protection Act Update
- Legislation Introduced to Prevent Spread of Asian Carp
- ASMFC Proposes Important Measures for Striped Bass
- USFWS Launches 2011 National Fishing and Hunting Survey
- The Benefits to Business from Hunting and Fishing Excise Taxes
- FishAmerica Foundation and NOAA Restoration Grants
Congress Nears Decision on FY2011
On April 8, the U.S. Congress passed a one week continuing resolution spending bill, H.R. 1363, which was signed by the President on April 9. This plan will provide legislators with the time needed to finalize negotiations on a budget for the remainder of FY2011. H.R. 1363 made $2 billion in budget cuts from the FY2010 levels with no apparent impact to the sportfishing community. The final spending plan is expected to be completed before the continuing resolution expires; almost $38 billion in funding cuts are anticipated. ASA will continue to follow this issue to ensure that fisheries management and conservation do not experience disproportionate budget cuts.
ICAST Connects the Global Sportfishing Industry/strong>
ICAST is the only event that connects the global sportfishing industry and where you can see the latest innovations in fishing gear and accessories all under one roof. What can you expect at ICAST? Networking with individuals who share your interest in sportfishing’s future; the excitement and competition of the New Product Showcase; saving money through ICAST-only specials; winning cash prizes or the grand prize of a trip for two to Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica by writing orders and entering in the buyer raffles; trying out new tackle at the Casting Pond and Lure Tank; hearing about the state of the industry during the Industry Breakfast; special discounts for ICAST attendees at partner hotels; and much more. For more information, go to Show Highlights and Events on ICASTfishing.org.
Register Now for ICAST 2011
Registration is open for ICAST 2011, the world's largest sportfishing trade show, being held July 13-15, 2011, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Online registration is available on ICASTfishing.org. All attendees must be badged in order to access the show floor. Pre-registration rates are valid until June 10, 2011. After that date, higher on-site registration rates apply. ASA has also arranged special discounts for ICAST attendees with partner hotels that are conveniently located near the Las Vegas Convention Center. When registering for the show, you may also make reservations
at the official ICAST hotels. For more information about registration and housing, please contact Experient customer service at ASA-ICAST@experient-inc.com or (301) 694-5243.
Thank You ICAST 2011 Sponsors
ASA would like to thank its generous members who have already signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2011 sponsors are: Gold – Crocodile Bay Resort, Fishing Tackle Retailer, Frabill, Inc. and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign; Silver – Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing, Fishouflage Apparel, In-Fisherman and Gemini Sport Marketing; and Bronze – Classic Fishing Products, Inc. and Southwick Associates. This list is current as of April 11, 2011.
Have You Heard About KeepAmericaFishing™?
In July 2010, The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) launched KeepAmericaFishing™ – its angler advocacy campaign – as a way for anglers to get involved in protecting the future of their sport. The website – www.KeepAmericaFishing.org – is the vehicle through which you can engage in advocacy, sign up to receive news and alerts and show your support by 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. And that takes time, people and funding. ASA's members and staff are passionate about maintaining healthy fisheries and your right to sustainably fish on our nation's public waterways.
Let Your Voice Be Heard Through KeepAmericaFishing™
Please help us fight for your right to fish by answering a short survey. Your response will help us to better understand the issues that are important to you. If you respond by April 30, we will send you a free FISH! decal.
Recreational Fishing Proposals Open for Comment
Across the country, many federal and state agencies are proposing rules that impact recreational fishing in both positive and negative ways. It is important that they hear from the sportfishing community on these proposed rules. Anglers have always supported actions that focus on conservation and promote sustainable fishing. Use KeepAmericaFishing™ to show your support for efforts to keep our nation's public waters open, clean and abundant with fish.
California Marine Life Protection Act Update
A March 10, 2011, California Superior Court ruling ordered the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) and Master Plan Team (MPT) to pay 100 percent of the legal fees incurred by recreational angling groups in a 2010 lawsuit. That lawsuit, which was filed by members of the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans, enforced the BRTF's and MPT's obligations under California’s Public Records Act to produce information about their proceedings regarding the MLPA implementation process. The successful Public Records Act suit was followed by a separate and currently pending lawsuit filed in January 2011 which seeks to set aside the MLPA regulations for the North Central and South Coast regions.
Legislation Introduced to Prevent Spread of Asian Carp
In March, the Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011 – S. 471 and H.R. 892 – was introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) to help protect the Great Lakes’ $7 billion sportfishing industry. The legislation requires the Army Corps of Engineers, within 18 months of enactment, to prepare an action plan outlining the best way to prevent Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes ecosystem. This bill will expedite current efforts that are being taken to stop the spread of Asian carp. To read ASA’s letter in support of this legislation, please click here.
ASMFC Proposes Important Measures for Striped Bass
In March, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) began drafting two addendums specific to Atlantic coast striped bass fishery management. The Striped Bass Management Board is proposing to reduce mortality by up to 40 percent and includes a range of potential fishing management measures, which may include reductions in recreational bag limits among other options. The Atlantic Menhaden Management Board is seeking to increase menhaden abundance and spawning stock biomass, a key forage species for striped bass and other sportfish, by placing 15 percent of the menhaden spawning stock off limits from commercial harvest – up from the current level of 9 percent. A longer-term management plan is being developed.
USFWS Launches 2011 National Fishing and Hunting Survey
On April 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) launched the twelfth National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The survey, last conducted in 2006, quantifies participation numbers and the economic impact for these activities. The final report will be released in the fall of 2012, with preliminary findings available next spring.
The Benefits to Business from Hunting and Fishing Excise Taxes
The Benefits to Business from Hunting and Fishing Excise Taxes, funded by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies using an excise-tax funded grant, quantifies the return-on-investment from excise taxes paid by fishing tackle, hunting and shooting sports manufacturers. The comprehensive technical reports are available at www.SouthwickAssociates.com/excisetaxROI. The summary report is available for downloading in PDF format on ASA’s website. For more information, contact Rob Southwick, Southwick Associates, at (904) 277-9765.
FishAmerica Foundation and NOAA Restoration Grants
FishAmerica awarded $1 million in sportfish habitat restoration grants through its partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center. The foundation’s grants were awarded to 18 projects in coastal communities across the United States. The grants will leverage $9 million in cash, in-kind services and approximately 11,000 hours of volunteer hours to help restore 60 acres of wetland and reef sportfish habitat and open nearly 72 river miles to sportfish. The foundation also has up to $1 million for grant proposals that are due May 16, 2011.