October 2012

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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.

  • KeepAmericaFishingTM
    • Presidential Hopefuls Share Their Views on Recreational Fishing
    • Like KeepAmericaFishing on Facebook
  • ICAST News
    • The World's Largest Sportfishing Trade Show Just Got Bigger
    • See All the ICAST 2012 Highlights on ASAfishing.org
  • 2012 Sportfishing Summit
    • 2012 Sportfishing Summit Overview
    • Thank You 2012 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors
    • 2012 Sportfishing Summit Featured Speakers
    • Committee and Board of Directors Meetings
    • 2013 Sportfishing Summit is in Sanibel, Florida
  • Government Affairs
    • 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule Rejected
    • Billfish Conservation Act Passes the Senate
    • Positive Action to Resolve Biscayne National Park Access Problems
    • Anglers' Voices Are Heard By California Legislature
    • Historic Sportsmen’s Package Introduced in Senate
    • Budget Law Will Freeze Sport Fish Restoration Funds
    • NOAA Releases Fisheries of the United States 2011 Report

Presidential Hopefuls Share Their Views on Recreational Fishing

On the campaign trail, presidential hopefuls rarely talk about recreational fishing or the use of public lands for recreational activities. KeepAmericaFishing™ posed questions to presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney regarding management of our nation’s fisheries and access to recreational fishing. Each candidate received the same questions except for one that is specific to his tenure as either President or Governor. The questions address issues that impact our nation’s 60 million anglers, ranging from stopping the spread of harmful invasive species to over-reaching closures of waters to recreational fishing as a management tool. Read the answers to their questions at www.KeepAmericaFishing.org/youdecide.

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Like KeepAmericaFishing on Facebook

The Keep America Fishing page on Facebook has more than 12,000 “likes!” But with 60 million anglers in the United States, we have a long way to go. Become a fan today and let your friends and family know that they, too, can be a sportfishing fan and do their part to stay informed and help keep our nation's fish and their habitats healthy and accessible now and for the future.

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The World’s Largest Sportfishing Trade Show Just Got Bigger

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) have announced a partnership in which we will co-locate the trade shows in one venue in 2013. Both ICAST and the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show, known as IFTD, will be held July 10-12, 2013, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Both ASA's and AFFTA's Boards of Directors voted unanimously to support the new partnership and co-locating ICAST and IFTS in the Las Vegas Convention Center next July. ASA and AFFTA will each manage its own trade show but will combine some functions where it makes good business sense and benefits exhibitors and show attendees, such as show registration, the show directory and having the same show hours. For more information, contact Trade Show Director Kenneth Andres, x231.

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See All the ICAST 2012 Highlights on ASAfishing.org

From the New Product Showcase winners to the State of the Industry Breakfast to the KeepAmericaFishing™ Legends of Sportfishing, all the ICAST 2012 trade show highlights are now available on the American Sportfishing Association’s website. Relive the highlights of this great show!

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2012 Sportfishing Summit Overview

The American Sportfishing Association’s 2012 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry’s premier networking and business management event, is being held October 9-11, at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort in Hilton Head, S.C. This annual fall event underscores our desire to bring together American Sportfishing Association (ASA) members with other sportfishing community members to provide everyone with a productive meeting that is timely, useful and a good business investment. For those attending the Summit, we encourage you to attend the committee meetings and Board of Directors meetings in order to gain a better understanding of how ASA staff and your colleagues work on your behalf. We have a full agenda planned beginning with the Advocacy Committee meeting and the Board of Directors meeting on Monday, October 8, and ending with the association’s General Membership meeting on Thursday morning, October 11.

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Thank You 2012 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors

ASA would like to thank these member companies and organizations for their generous support of the 2012 Sportfishing Summit: Gold: Allcoast Media: Cabela's, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Silver: USDA-Forest Service; Take Me Fishing and 75 Years of Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration; Bronze: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Southwick Associates.

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2012 Sportfishing Summit Featured Speakers

This year’s Summit is host to an outstanding group of keynote speakers who will address issues on everyone’s minds – the state of our economy heading into the November elections; our country’s shifting demographics and how that will impact our industry; interpreting the new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s survey data; understanding the millennial generation and their concept of the “outdoors;” why and how to use social media to extend your brand and updates from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and KeepAmericaFishing™. Please click here to read more about our featured speakers.

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Committee and Board of Directors Meetings

During the 2012 Sportfishing Summit, the ASA Board of Directors will meet on Monday, October 8, from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. They will also meet on Thursday, October 11, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. The association's committees will meet on Wednesday, October 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and again on Wednesday, October 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. The Advocacy Committee will meet on Monday, October 8, prior to the Board meeting. If you have questions about the Board of Directors or Committee meetings, please contact Joyce Anderson-Logan, x233, or go to the online board and committee meetings agenda.

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2013 Sportfishing Summit is in Sanibel, Florida

The American Sportfishing Association invites you attend the 2013 Sportfishing Summit scheduled for October 16 - 18, at the Sanibel Harbour Marriot Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Florida. We hosted the 2007 Summit at this resort with members and spouses giving the resort very high marks for venue, location and customer service. Information about the program and registration for the 2013 Summit will be available in mid-2013. For more information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, x227.

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2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule Rejected

The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, a nearly decade-long legal battle over the management of inventoried roadless areas, sustaining valuable fish and wildlife habitat and unique public-lands hunting and fishing opportunities. The so-called “roadless rule” is a multiple-use national forest management regulation designed to limit road building and timber harvest on undeveloped public lands managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rule determines the management of 45 million acres of national forests and grasslands outside of Idaho and Colorado. The Supreme Court’s decision resolves legal uncertainty surrounding the rule and denies a challenge brought by the state of Wyoming and Colorado Mining Association, which claimed that the rule unduly impacts industrial development. A broad cross-section of sportsmen and women, conservationists and recreationists has consistently voiced its support of conservation of roadless areas and the outdoor opportunities they foster.

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Billfish Conservation Act Passes the Senate

On September 22nd, the last day in session prior to the Presidential election, the Senate passed the Billfish Conservation Act, a measure strongly supported by ASA and its partners, led by the International Game Fish Association. This bill will ban the commercial harvest and sale of Pacific-caught billfish, a measure already in place for Atlantic-caught billfish, thus helping to restore these recreationally-important fish. Identical legislation passed the House of Representatives on September 10, and the bill now awaits the President’s signature.

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Positive Action to Resolve Biscayne National Park Access Problems

On September 27, a coalition of national boating and fishing organizations comprised of the American Sportfishing Association, Center for Coastal Conservation, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the National Marine Manufacturers Association sent a letter expressing appreciation for the recent positive steps in the development of a General Management Plan for the park, but reiterated concerns about the potential to unnecessarily close large areas of the park to the public. In August 2011, Biscayne National Park officials released a draft management plan that proposed to close up to 20 percent of the park’s waters to fishing. The park’s preferred alternative included a 10,000-acre marine reserve, or no-fishing zone, despite recommendations from stakeholders and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that a marine reserve is overly restrictive. The coalition fully supports the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s longstanding position that less-restrictive management measures should be implemented in the park.

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Anglers’ Voices Are Heard By California Legislature

On September 25, California Governor Brown signed into law SB 1148 and AB 2402. Due in large part to outcry from California’s recreational anglers the provisions in SB 1148 that would have had detrimental effects on recreational fishing were removed. Unfortunately, AB 2402 will allow private organizations to directly fund programs within the DFG.

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Historic Sportsmen’s Package Introduced in Senate

On September 10, Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, which includes 19 bills that will benefit the sportfishing community, as well as recreational shooters and hunters. This historic legislation provides for increased access, habitat conservation and improved fish and wildlife management. On September 22, its last day in session prior to the Presidential election, the Senate voted 84 to 7 in favor of the motion to proceed on the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, which tees up the bill for a vote when the Senate returns in November. ASA encourages everyone in the sportfishing community to send a letter to their Members in Congress today in support of this important legislation.

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Budget Law Will Freeze Sport Fish Restoration Funds

On September 14, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its recommendations for budget cuts that include withholding parts of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, a move that would have a significant impact on fisheries conservation and the jobs it supports. OMB’s action was triggered by the failure of the Congress and the Administration to enact a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion, as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund has been recommended for a $34 million cut under sequestration.

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NOAA Releases Fisheries of the United States 2011 Report

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently issued its Fisheries of the United States Report for 2011, a detailed annual report on the nation’s commercial and recreational fishing, landings, export, per capita fish consumption and consumer expenditures for fish products. According to the report, approximately 10 million saltwater recreational anglers took an estimated 69 million fishing trips in 2011. Saltwater anglers caught an estimated 345 million fish in 2011, sixty percent of which were caught-and-released.

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