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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.



2011 Sportfishing Summit – October 12-14, New Orleans, LA
The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) 2011 Sportfishing Summit will be held October 12-14, 2011, at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La. The Sportfishing Summit is the association’s premier networking and business management event. In New Orleans, “a little something extra” is called lagniappe. We want to ensure that the 2011 Sportfishing Summit provides you with both a great networking venue and information you may not hear anywhere else from experts in their fields, both inside and outside the industry.

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2011 Sportfishing Summit Featured Speakers
This year’s Summit is host to two keynote speakers who will address issues on everyone’s minds – the global economy and China in particular; and that ever-evolving, and somewhat fickle beast known as social media.

Michael Colopy is an acclaimed expert on foreign policy and trade issues in East Asia with a special focus on China. Michael has an incisive grasp of world events and is well-known for his accurate forecasting of leadership and policy changes in China and the region. If you attended the ICAST 2011 Industry Breakfast, you heard just a sample of Michael’s knowledge about this important topic.

Brian Solis is a leading thinker on the impact of social media on business and culture. He’s going to address how to effectively compete in the new era of digital Darwinism while engendering the support of online champions. Check out Brian’s blog at BrianSolis.com.

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2011 Summit Meeting Registration
The deadline for pre-registration rates is September 21. After September 21, on-site rates apply. Please take advantage of the pre-registration rates. Summit registrations may be faxed, mailed or emailed to ASA. Please see the instructions on the registration form.

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2011 Summit Housing Reservations
Reservations for the Loews New Orleans Hotel must be made no later than 1:00 p.m. EST, on September 21, 2011, to receive the ASA room rate. Request the group rate for the American Sportfishing Association’s Summit. Housing requests received after the deadline will be assigned based upon room and rate availability. The ASA group room rate is $149.00 per night until September 21. Please fax your reservations directly to the Loews New Orleans Hotel at (504) 595-3310 or call (866) 211-6411 to make reservations under ASA/Sportfishing Summit. Click here make your Summit reservations online.

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Support the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011
The 2011 RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act (S. 1400), introduced on July 21, by Senators Cochran (R-MS), Hutchison (R-TX), Landrieu (D-LA), Nelson (D-FL), Rubio (R-FL), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL), Vitter (R-LA) and Wicker (R-MS), directs 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties charged to BP for its April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster to help revitalize coastal communities and improve fisheries habitat and data collection. ASA strongly supports this legislation and the benefits it will provide for the thousands of recreational-fishing dependent businesses who continue to try and rebound from the oil spill’s economic and environmental impacts.

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Allow Recreational Fishing in Pacific Monuments’ Management Plans
Just before leaving office in 2009, President George W. Bush designated the largest Marine Protected Area network in the world in remote parts of the Pacific Ocean. This action set a dangerous precedent for future establishment of areas in which recreational fishing is excluded absent the scientific data needed to support such a drastic measure. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NOAA Fisheries Service are developing new 15-year management plans for these monuments. ASA, along with six other members of the marine conservation community, sent a letter to NOAA Fisheries and USFWS urging the agencies to reverse the prohibition on recreational fishing and allow sustainable recreational fishing throughout the designated areas. For more information, read the letter from the sportfishing community.

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Future Uncertain for Nine Federal Fish Hatcheries
In response to recent cuts in the federal budget, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to cut National Fish Hatchery System funding by $11 million, with $6 million coming from the account for operating mitigation hatcheries. If approved, nine hatcheries will be closed, seven of which are located in the southeastern U.S., which will have a significant impact on recreational fishing access in the region and the local economy. These hatchery operations help support over 3,500 jobs and have an annual economic impact of over $325 million. Please send a message to your Members of Congress urging them to take the necessary actions to restore the federal fish hatchery budget and keep our nation's hatcheries operating.

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Update on the Federal Appropriations Process
On August 2, Congress passed and the President signed legislation that will increase the federal debt limit by as much as $2.4 trillion. This agreement includes a $917 billion cut in spending over ten years and the creation of a Congressional committee to close the deficit by an additional $1.5 trillion. Previous negotiations on funding for the Departments of Commerce and the Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been set aside until after Congress returns from its summer recess. These agencies are expected to face significant budget reductions as the 2012 federal budget process continues to unfold. ASA remains engaged with policy makers to ensure that the fisheries community does not experience disproportionate funding cuts.

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Summit Fishing, Golfing and Other Attractions
The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website has an abundance of information about what to do and see in New Orleans. Visit the bureau’s website at www.neworleanscvb.com for more information about attractions, shopping and some of the finest dining in the U.S. The fishing and golfing opportunities are some of the best in the New Orleans areas. Please feel free to contact the ones listed on the Fishing and Golfing Guide to set up some great fishing and golfing.

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Thank You 2011 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors
Our thanks go to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; Frabill, Inc.; Gemini Sport Marketing; NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service; U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U. S. Geological Survey; and the USDA-Forest Service for their generous support.

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ICAST 2011 Highlights
IICAST 2011 highlights are now available on ASA’s website. This year 7,000 representative of the global sportfishing community converged on the 400,000 square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center from July 13-15. ICAST 2011 featured 427 exhibitors filling 1,270 booths, with 2,100 buyers and 530 media representatives in attendance. International ICAST attendance continues to increase with 822 attendees from 53 countries represented at the show. Click here to relive the excitement of ICAST 2011.

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New Product Showcase Best of Show Winners
The New Product Showcase is ICAST’s Flagship Feature in which exhibiting companies debut their newest innovations. Sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, the New Product Showcase embodies the sportfishing industry's innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and rewards that ingenuity through the “Best of Show” new product awards competition. The ICAST 2011 “Best of Show” awards were presented on Tuesday, July 13, during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception. This year’s showcase was bigger than ever with 21 product categories. Pure Fishing, Inc. took home the overall “Best of Show” award with its Berkley Nanofil Line. A full gallery of the “Best of Show” winners is now available on the ICAST website.

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ICAST 2011 Surveys Emailed on August 1
On Monday, August 1, you should have received an email from the ICAST team asking you to answer some questions about your ICAST experience. The survey is being conducted on our behalf by Southwick Associates, so your answers will be held in confidence. Please take a few minutes of your time to help us better meet your tradeshow needs.

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Thank You ICAST Sponsors
ASA would like to thank its generous members who have already signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2011 sponsors are: GoldCrocodile Bay Resort, Fishing Tackle Retailer, Frabill, Inc., Take Me Fishing and Versus; SilverDave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing, Fishouflage Apparel, Gemini Sport Marketing, In-Fisherman and Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corporation; and BronzeClassic Fishing Products, Inc., Chums, Dawn Outdoors, Fishgillz Sunglass Co., Gill North America, Lowrance – Navico, Outdoor InSite, LLC, Pure Fishing, RecTec, LCC, Ryjus Group, Scent Blazer Pty. Ltd., Silverfish Press, Southwick Associates and ZipCut Pro.

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Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2012 and 2013
Please mark your calendars for ICAST 2012 and 2013. We look forward to seeing you there.

ICAST 2012 – July 11 – 13, 2012, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
ICAST 2013 – July 10 – 12, 2013, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

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Searching or Shopping Online? Support FishAmerica While You Do
Use GoodSearch and GoodShop to raise money to keep our fish and waters healthy. Simply add the GoodSearch/GoodShop toolbar to your browser by visiting www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/fishamerica-foundation then search or shop as you normally do. Each time you search the web with GoodSearch, about a penny will go to FishAmerica. Every time you shop online at 2,000 participating stores, including Target, Apple, Staples, Expedia and others, a percentage of your purchase will be donated at no cost to you. The site also has thousands of money-saving coupons. Take two minutes now to help ensure the future of fishing.

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RBFF Awards Education Grants to Three Youth-Focused Organizations
Three national boating, fishing and conservation organizations that serve kids and families are the recipients of new education grants from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The organizations – the Future Fisherman Foundation, the International Game Fish Association and the National Recreation & Park Association – were awarded the grants as part of RBFF’s ongoing boating and fishing educational outreach and youth engagement efforts. More information is available online.

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Fishing License Sales Holding Steady through the First Half of 2011
In a license index run cooperatively by ASA and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), license sales from January through June 2011 are down a slight 0.3 percent compared to the same months in 2010. Inclement weather and flooding slammed sales in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain states through May, but a strong showing in June has helped sales hold close to 2010 levels. Of the thirteen states included in this report, four recorded sales increases in the second quarter of 2011. This improvement was driven by continued upturns in Louisiana and Florida, representing an uptick from last year’s Gulf oil spill disaster. For more information, contact Rob Southwick at (904) 277-9765.

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New Trade Data Available at ASA’s Website
Each month, the latest in sportfishing industry statistics are posted online by the American Sportfishing Association. Learn the latest about tackle imports, fishing participation, sales of retail brands, online tackle sales, and more. Click here to access the latest trade data available. For more information, contact Rob Southwick at (904) 277-9765.

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