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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.

2013 Sportfishing Summit

  • We Have a Great October 2013 Sportfishing Summit Planned
  • 2013 Sportfishing Summit Agenda Overview
  • Take Advantage of the Early Bird 2013 Summit Meeting Registration
  • Making Housing Reservations at the Resort
  • Traveling to the Resort – ASA Has Arranged Discounted Transportation
  • Summit Committee and Board of Directors Meetings
  • A Special National Wildlife Refuge Guided Boat Tour for Summit Attendees
  • Sanibel Area Fishing, Golfing and Other Attractions

ICAST Updates

  • ICAST Once Again Lives Up to Its Reputation
  • ICAST 2013 Highlights Available on YouTube
  • Social Media Really Took Off During ICAST 2013
  • Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2014 and 2015
  • ICAST 2013 New Product Showcase Best of Show Winners
  • Thank You ICAST 2013 Sponsors
  • POMA/ASA Fishing Communicator of the Year Award

Fisheries Management Policy Updates

  • Gulf Council Adjusts Red Snapper Quota
  • Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Update
  • Management Changes in the Florida Keys Sanctuary
  • More Than 200 Fish Barriers Removed in 2012
  • Sportsmen’s Package Introduced in the Senate
  • National Ocean Council Releases Marine Planning Handbook

We Have a Great October 2013 Sportfishing Summit Planned

The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) 2013 Sportfishing Summit will be held October 16-18, at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa just outside Fort Myers, Fla. We know that attending the Summit is a commitment, but it is one of the best business investments that you, as an ASA member, can make. It’s the industry’s best networking venue and you’ll hear information during the Summit you may not hear anywhere else from experts in their fields, both inside and outside the industry. We encourage you to attend the board of directors and committee meetings in order to gain a better understanding the role that ASA plays in ensuring our industry’s future. Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance. For all the 2013 Sportfishing Summit information, go to www.ASAfishing.org/summit2013.

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2013 Sportfishing Summit Agenda Overview

In addition to the board of directors and committee meetings, we have an outstanding agenda that will focus on:

  • The State of the Industry and Our Association
  • The Challenges and Opportunities in Fisheries Management
  • New Insights Into Your Current Customers
  • Engaging the Hispanic Audience: Insights to Action
  • Special Thursday Keynote Speaker – Business Strategist and Best-selling Author Kaihan Krippendorff


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Take Advantage of the Early Bird 2013 Summit Meeting Registration

Please take advantage of the pre-registration and room block rates and reserve your spot now for the sportfishing industry’s annual business meeting. After September 20, on-site rates apply. Your Summit registration form may be faxed, mailed or emailed to ASA. Please see the instructions on the registration form. The Sportfishing Summit housing and pre-registration deadlines are Friday, September 20, 2013.

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Making Housing Reservations at the Resort

Please make your reservations directly with the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa either by phone or online. Rooms are $129.00 per night, single or double occupancy. Rates are guaranteed until Friday, September 20, 2013. Housing requests received after the deadline will be assigned based upon room and rate availability. You may extend your Summit room rate for check-out on Sunday, October 20, if you would like to stay and take advantage of the fishing, golfing and other activities.

  • By Phone – Call 800-767-7777 and request the group rate for the ASA/Sportfishing Summit.
  • Online Reservations – Use the ASA/Summit online registration link for the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa. The ASA/Summit group code – ASFASFA – is automatically entered into the Group Code field on the left hand navigation. Rates are guaranteed until Friday, September 20, 2013. Housing requests received after the deadline will be assigned based upon room and rate availability.


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Traveling to the Resort – ASA Has Arranged Discounted Transportation

The Fort Myers Airport (RSW) is located approximately 21 miles from the resort. ASA has arranged for discounted transportation to and from the Fort Myers Airport to the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa through Island Coast Transportation. The hotel does not offer its own shuttle service. Please call Island Coast Transportation at 888-490-0573 or 239-989-2658 to make arrangements. They accept all major credit cards. Please mention the Sportfishing Summit to receive the discounted transportation rate. The one-way rates – per person – are:

  • Luxury Sedan – 4 passenger maximum – $43.00 plus 20 percent gratuity
  • Executive Van – 8 passenger maximum – $80.00 plus 20 percent gratuity
  • Stretch Limousine – 6 passenger maximum with light luggage – $125.00 plus 20 percent gratuity


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Summit Committee and Board of Directors Meetings

During the 2013 Sportfishing Summit, ASA’s Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, October 15, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Friday, October 18, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Both meetings will be held in Everglades A. ASA’s program committees will meet on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Please click here for the board and committee meetings schedule.

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A Special National Wildlife Refuge Guided Boat Tour for Summit Attendees

Join us for a special nature and sea life cruise on Thursday afternoon, October 17, and get a close-up look at the amazing scenery and wildlife that comprise the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge while cruising the tranquil waters of Tarpon Bay. There is a minimal fee of $10.00 per person – adults and children – to reserve a seat on the boat cruise. The covered, pontoon-style boat only holds 40 people so prior reservations are required on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment and reservation information is available on the 2013 Sportfishing Summit Registration Form. Transportation to and from the refuge will be provided. The bus will leave the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort at 2:30 p.m. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

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Sanibel Area Fishing, Golfing and Other Attractions

The Sanibel-Captiva Islands area offers a wide-range of activities for everyone including fishing, golfing, kayaking, canoeing and other family-oriented activities. Please feel free to contact the resources listed on ASA’s website under Recreation Opportunities in the Area to set up some great fishing and golfing.

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ICAST Once Again Lives Up to Its Reputation

From exhibitors to buyers to outdoor media, approximately 9,500 representatives from the global sportfishing community converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. July 9-12, for the 56th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST. ASA’s commitment to our member exhibitors, media and all show attendees is to listen and improve this show in any and every way we can. We thank everyone for exhibiting and attending and we look forward to seeing everyone next year for ICAST 2014 being held July 15-18, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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ICAST 2013 Highlights Available on YouTube

Curious about what you missed at ICAST 2013? Watch the show video highlights on YouTube including interviews with buyers, exhibitors and other show attendees.

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Social Media Really Took Off During ICAST 2013

From exhibitors to buyers to media, social media was all the rage during ICAST 2013. Everyone embraced social media to talk about the show. From Facebook to Twitter to company and media websites to personal and media blogs, information, images and video about the show were everywhere. That only helps to set the stage, and the anticipation level, for ICAST 2014 being held July 15-18, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2014 and 2015

Please mark your calendars for ICAST 2014 and 2015. As of August 2013, ASA’s board of directors has not made a decision about ICAST 2016 and beyond.
ICAST 2014 – July 15-18, 2014: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
ICAST 2015 – July 14-17, 2015: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

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ICAST 2013 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 2013 New Product Showcase embodied the sportfishing industry's innovative and entrepreneurial spirit through the “Best of Show” new product awards competition. The ICAST 2013 “Best of Show” awards were presented on Wednesday, July 10, during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception. This year the JL Marine Systems' Power-Pole Micro Anchor was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Boating Accessory category and the overall “Best of Show.” Click here for the New Product Showcase winners’ news release.

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Thank You ICAST 2013 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2013 sponsors were: Gold – Crocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; NBC Sports Network; Rapala; and Take Me Fishing™. Silver – Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing; Gemini Custom Apparel; In-Fisherman; Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corp; and Pure Fishing. Bronze – Big Catch Tees; Buck Knives; Chums; Classic Fishing Products, Inc.; Columbia Sportswear; Holster Up; and L & L Outdoor Products.

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POMA/ASA Fishing Communicator of the Year Award

During ICAST, the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and ASA presented its prestigious Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award to outdoor journalist, author and mentor Louie Stout. The POMA/ASA Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award recognizes a journalist who exemplifies the spirit and dedication to fishing as displayed by outdoor journalist legend Homer Circle during his storied career. Stout has won more than 50 state, regional and national writing and photography awards. In 2005 he also was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a “Legendary Journalist.” Stout’s writings have appeared in Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Fishing Tackle Retailer and many other publications. Stout also has covered the Bassmaster tournaments for over 30 years as well as being a longtime outdoors columnist for the South Bend Tribune.

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Gulf Council Adjusts Red Snapper Quota

On July 17, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to increase the 2013 red snapper total quota to 11 million pounds (mp). The previously set quota was 8.46 mp, 5.610 mp for the commercial sector and 5.390 mp for the recreational sector. The Council also agreed that there will be a supplemental recreational season opening October 1, 2013, if NOAA Fisheries determines that there is an unused recreational quota left over this year. This supplemental season will last 21 days or until the quota is met.

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Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Update

The Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the law that governs federal fisheries management in the nation's oceans, is set to expire later this year. ASA’s priorities For MSA reauthorization include : improving the predictability of recreational fishing seasons; exploring alternative management approaches for multi-species complexes; and addressing how mixed-use fisheries quotas are allocated between the recreational and commercial sectors. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have held oversight hearings on MSA to gather perspectives on what is, and is not, working with the law, and more hearings are expected in the coming months leading up to bill introduction later this year.

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Management Changes in the Florida Keys Sanctuary

Updates to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary General Management Plan are underway. The Sanctuary Advisory Council’s working groups are developing updates that can have a significant impact on recreational fishing in the sanctuary, including more restrictive fishing regulations and new or expanded marine no-fishing zones. This plan was met with considerable opposition voiced by local recreational and commercial fishermen during a July 29, working group meeting. The working group postponed finalizing its recommendations and will now hold regional meetings in September throughout the Keys to gather local input on any potential management changes.

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More Than 200 Fish Barriers Removed in 2012

In late July, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Passage Program announced that more than two hundred barriers to fish passage had been removed in 2012. As a result, more than 2,500 miles of streams were opened up, as were 36,000 acres of wetlands. The National Fish Passage Program has projects in forty states and has three hundred partners nationwide. These announcements came with the release of the Program’s Annual Report.  To read the entire report, please click here.

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Sportsmen’s Package Introduced in the Senate

On July 18, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced a Sportsmen’s Package (S. 1335) into the Senate. This package of bills includes a modification to the Toxic Substances Control Act which would block attempts to federally ban lead in recreational fishing tackle.  ASA staff will monitor and support this package and look for opportunities to introduce an omnibus angling package.

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National Ocean Council Releases Marine Planning Handbook

On July 19, the National Ocean Council released a Marine Planning Handbook, containing information and guidance for regions that choose to develop marine plans per the National Ocean Policy. ASA recently met with National Ocean Council staff to discuss the handbook as well as general thoughts about the National Ocean Policy. While ASA appreciates the progress that has been made within the National Ocean Policy to recognize the important economic, cultural and conservation values of recreational fishing, ASA remains concerned about the potential for this policy to negatively impact recreational access to the nation’s marine resources.

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