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ASA Insider 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • NOAA Unveils the First National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy
  • Sportfishing Industry Applauds Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Introduction
  • Condolences to the Buck Family

ICAST 2015

  • The ICAST WOW Factor Just Got BIGGER!
  • TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2015
  • TAKE ACTION – Reserve Your ICAST 2015 Booth Space Now
  • Thank You ICAST 2015 Sponsors
  • Please Welcome Our New Trade Show Coordinator
  • Experient, Inc. is the Official Housing Partner of ICAST 2015
  • ICAST and IFTD are Co-Locating Again in Orlando
  • ICAST 2015 Sponsorships Are Available
  • The Exhibitor Service Manual is Available Online
  • Keep Up With the Show

Member Services

  • TAKE ACTION – Renew Your ASA Membership
  • TAKE ACTION – Employees Can Receive the ASA Insider Newsletter
  • TAKE ACTION – Get the Wholesale Tackle Shipments Report
  • The ASA Online Member Resource Center
  • Mark Your Calendar for the 2015 Sportfishing Summit

Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

  • New E15 Legislation Introduced into House
  • Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves State Harvest Reduction Plan
  • NMFS Proposed Changes to Management Guidelines
  • Sportfishing Industry Supports State Management of Gulf Red Snapper
  • Florida Governor Recommends $1.6 Billion for Natural Resource Funding
  • Changes in ASA Government Affairs Staffing

NOAA Unveils the First National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy

On February 12, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled a national saltwater recreational fishing policy which was greeted enthusiastically by sportfishing and boating leaders. ASA has urged the agency to develop and adopt an approach to define and coordinate federal efforts to advance saltwater recreational fishing. The first-of-its-kind, the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy was one of the key recommendations of the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, of which ASA was a contributor. Pulled directly from the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy, the policy identifies goals and guiding principles related to recreational fishing to be integrated into NOAA Fisheries planning, budgeting, decision-making and activities. The goals of the policy are to: 1) support and maintain sustainable saltwater recreational fisheries resources, including healthy marine and estuarine habitats; 2) promote saltwater recreational fishing for the social, cultural and economic benefit of the nation; and, 3) enable enduring participation in, and enjoyment of, saltwater recreational fisheries through science-based conservation and management. NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Eileen Sobeck made the announcement during a press conference at the Miami International Boat Show. For more information, contact Ocean Resource Policy Director Mike Leonard, x230.

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Sportfishing Industry Applauds Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Introduction

On February 5, Senate leaders unveiled a reenergized Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 – S. 405. Sponsored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), the package contains 14 measures that will benefit anglers and hunters across the nation by providing increased public access to federal lands, improving fish and wildlife management, and preventing federal bans on lead fishing tackle. Another key issue ASA would like to see added to the package is the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act, which aims to foster and facilitate landscape-scale, regional fish habitat conservation projects that originate in local communities. As this issue progresses, ASA and KeepAmericaFishing will provide updates and opportunities to voice support for this monumental package. For more information, contact Policy Fellow Melanie Sturm, x255.

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Condolences to the Buck Family

Chuck Buck, the third generation behind Buck Knives and most recently chairman of the company that was originally based in El Cajon, Calif., for almost four decades, passed away this month in Idaho, where the company is now based. Buck’s grandfather, Hoyt, founded Buck Knives, and Al Buck further developed the business. Chuck Buck worked his way up in the company, serving as president and CEO for many years. He was very active in representing the company until just last year.

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The ICAST WOW Factor Just Got BIGGER!

Tuesday, July 14, is packed with new events. On Tuesday morning, July 14, for the first time, ICAST, in partnership with Fishing Tackle Retailer, is hosting a product demonstration day called ICAST on the Water. The location is Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho), the largest lake in Osceola County and a prime bass fishing location. ICAST is also partnering with FLW to host an industry bass fishing tournament prior to the ICAST on the Water event. Also on Tuesday morning, Florida Sportsman is partnering with ICAST to host the second annual Bass and Birdies Classic golf tournament of which a portion of the proceeds will go to KeepAmericaFishing. On Tuesday evening, July 14, after the New Product Showcase preview reception, ICAST is partnering with WFN: World Fishing Network to host ICAST in Concert! of which a portion of the proceeds will go to support KeepAmericaFishing. The headliner is country music star Easton Corbin! Ticket purchase information is coming soon.

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TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2015

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the world’s largest fishing trade show! Registration is open for ICAST 2015 taking place July 14 – 17, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. You can register for the show and make your hotel reservations at the same time. You can register online by going to www.ICASTfishing.org and click on the Registration button. Please note that ICAST is open only to qualified members of the sportfishing trade. If you attended ICAST 2014, you should have received an email from Experient, our registration company, with your user name and password which you’ll need to start the ICAST 2015 registration process. If you did not receive this email, contact Experient at ICAST-IFTD@experient-inc.com, or call 800 424-5249 (toll free).

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TAKE ACTION – Reserve Your ICAST 2015 Booth Space Now

Booth space is going very quickly! The show floor is more than 85 percent filled. Now is the time to reserve your booth space for ICAST 2015. The ICAST 2015 exhibit space contract and floor plan are available on www.ICASTfishing.org in the Exhibitors section. Contracts and booth assignments will not be processed until a deposit is received. For more information, contact Trade Show Director Kenneth Andres, (703) 519-9691, x231.

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TAKE ACTION – ICAST 2015 Exhibitor Resource Center is Open

The ICAST Exhibitor Resource Center is now open on ICASTfishing.org. This section of the website contains important information that all ICAST exhibitors need in order to have a successful show experience – the Exhibitor Service Manual, New Product Showcase, the official ICAST vendor list and much, much more. The Exhibitor Resource Center is password protected, so if you haven't received an email with the 2015 password, please email ICAST@asafishing.org with your request.

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Thank You ICAST 2015 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2015 sponsors are: GoldCrocodile Bay Resort; Costa; Fishing Tackle Retailer; FLW, LLC; Florida Sportsman; and World Fishing Network. SilverIn-Fisherman; and Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corp. BronzeBeyond Coastal; Buck Knives; Chums; and Classic Fishing Products, Inc. The list is current as of February 17, 2015.

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Please Welcome Our New Trade Show Coordinator

Please welcome Nicole Froats to the ASA staff as the new Trade Show Coordinator. Nicole recently earned her degree in tourism and events management from George Mason University (Va.). She comes to ASA from the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives. Nicole is also a Navy veteran. Welcome, Nicole! Her contact information is nfroats@asafishing.org, x240.

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Experient, Inc. is the Official Housing Partner of ICAST 2015

Please be aware that there are a number of housing companies who may contact you and misrepresent themselves as agents for ICAST 2015 offering discounted rates at various Orlando hotels. Experient, Inc. is the only company authorized by the American Sportfishing Association and the ICAST team to make hotel reservations for ICAST 2015. ASA has negotiated with a wide selection of hotels in Orlando to obtain the best price possible at the hotels nearest to the convention center. Booking with businesses unaffiliated with ICAST makes it impossible for the ICAST team to assist you should there be a problem with your reservations. If you are contacted by another housing company trying to sell hotel rooms, please notify the ICAST/IFTD Housing Bureau Experient at ICAST-IFTDEXH@experient-inc.com.

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ICAST and IFTD are Co-Locating Again in Orlando

ICAST and IFTD are again co-locating at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. 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 guide and having the same show hours. For more information, contact Trade Show Director Kenneth Andres, x231.

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ICAST 2015 Sponsorships Are Available

An ICAST sponsorship is an effective way to highlight your company’s name in front of the global sportfishing community. By becoming an ICAST sponsor, your company will benefit from stand-alone recognition for your company and/or products and also help increase sales by leveraging your presence at ICAST. For more information on sponsorships, contact Trade Show Director Kenneth Andres, x231.

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The Exhibitor Service Manual is Available Online

The Exhibitor Service Manual is the ultimate guide to exhibiting at ICAST. It contains all the details you need to ensure that you have a successful experience at the show. Shipping and set up information are included, as well as forms for ordering furnishings, carpet, electrical services and other necessities. The Exhibitor Service Manual, is located in the Exhibitor Resource Center on the ICAST website under Exhibitors. In order to place your orders for show support, you must be a confirmed exhibitor in good standing. That means that your ICAST booth fees and ASA membership dues must be paid. To pay your ASA membership dues, please contact Membership Director Jill Calabria, x234.

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Keep Up With the Show

Keep up with show information at www.ICASTfishing.org, on Twitter @ICASTshow and #icastshow, and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ICASTfishing.

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TAKE ACTION – Renew Your ASA Membership

Your membership in the American Sportfishing Association is crucial to helping ensure our industry’s future and we thank you for your support. ASA mailed its annual membership dues renewal invoices for FY 2015 in mid-November. For more information, contact Membership Director Jill Calabria, x234.

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TAKE ACTION – Employees Can Receive the ASA Insider Newsletter

Did you know all your employees are eligible to receive ASA Insider, the e-newsletter exclusive to ASA members? To find out who is currently receiving this newsletter, please email Membership Director Jill Calabria. You are welcome to request this roster and update it with new staff throughout the year so everyone in your company stays current with the issues that impact the sportfishing industry.

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TAKE ACTION – Get the Wholesale Tackle Shipments Report

ASA has a service that helps member manufacturers to compare their individual business performance to industry averages. Each month, participating companies complete a short, confidential survey regarding their previous month’s shipments. No information specific to any individual company will be released. Results will report the change in the previous month’s wholesale tackle shipments compared to 12 months earlier, and year-to-date changes. Participating companies receive the results each month. For example, comparing January 2014 results to January 2013 shows that tackle sales were down 3.6 percent. Top-line results will be released to all others later after a three to six month lag. Email Rob Southwick for more information or call 904- 277-9765.

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The ASA Online Member Resource Center

The online, members-only Member Resource Center, accessed through ASA’s website, includes a myriad of benefits and information for members only including industry economic data and business forecasting. To access the Resource Center, just click on the Member Login option on the ASA website homepage – www.ASAfishing.org. The password is: supportASA.

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Mark Your Calendar for the 2015 Sportfishing Summit

Mark your calendar today for the 2015 Sportfishing Summit, ASA’s annual meeting and premier membership event. The Summit will take place October 20 – 22, at the Lowes Don Cesar Resort in St. Pete’s Beach, Fla. For more information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, x237.

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New E15 Legislation Introduced into House

On February 4, Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) along with 34 original cosponsors announced the introduction of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act of 2015 – H.R. 704. This bill would amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate certain requirements under the renewable fuel program and would prohibit the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from approving consumer gasoline that contains greater than 10 percent ethanol by volume, such as E15. E15 can cause severe damage to motors, including motorboat engines, by drawing moisture into the components and requiring the engine to combust at higher temperatures. In the past, nearly identical versions of H.R. 704 have compelled over 220 members from both chambers of Congress to oppose the RFS. For more information, contact Policy Fellow Melanie Sturm, x255.

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Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves State Harvest Reduction Plan

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board approved implementation plans and conservation equivalency proposals for all the states and jurisdictions regarding 2015 striped bass regulations. In October, the Commission approved Addendum IV, which requires harvest reduction measures of 25 percent from 2013 levels for the coastal fishery and 20.5 percent from 2012 levels for the Chesapeake Bay fishery. The state implementation plans reflect a wide range of options to achieve the reduction benchmarks, including bag limits, size limits, slot limits and/or trophy regulations. The Board recommended neighboring states and jurisdictions work together to implement consistent management measures, especially on shared water bodies. Final measures for implementing Addendum IV must be in place by the beginning of the 2015 fishing seasons. For more information, contact Ocean Resource Policy Director Mike Leonard, x230.

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NMFS Proposed Changes to Management Guidelines

On January 21, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed changes to the National Standard Guidelines used for the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the primary law governing saltwater fisheries management in federal waters. The changes affect annual catch limits, stock management units and accountability measures to prevent overfishing in National Standards 1, 3 and 7. NMFS’s revisions are a step forward in improving fisheries management, for they will help clarify guidelines and rebuild stocks, offer tools for improving fishery management council plans, and add flexibility in meeting MSA’s mandates. Written public comments on the proposal may be submitted by June 30, 2015. For more information, contact Ocean Resource Policy Director Mike Leonard, x230.

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New Jersey Governor Christie Proposes Compromise on Commercial Gear on Artificial Reefs

The Christie Administration proposed a rule to address fixed commercial fishing gear on artificial reefs in state waters. The state’s 15 artificial reefs were funded by anglers through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, but recreational fishing access has been blocked by large amounts of commercial gear on the reefs. As part of the compromise, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will build a new reef to compensate for the zones on the Axel Carlson and Sandy Hook sites where fixed commercial gear fishing will continue to be allowed. The Christie Administration will petition the federal government to have fixed gear removed from reefs in federal waters off the New Jersey coast in the near future. For more information, please contact Ocean Resource Policy Director, Mike Leonard, x230.

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Sportfishing Industry Supports State Management of Gulf Red Snapper

ASA, along with other leaders in the recreational fishing and boating community, joined a letter supporting S. 105, a bill sponsored by Senator Vitter (R-La.) that would transfer management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper to the five Gulf states. Despite a rebuilding stock, federal management of red snapper under the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has resulted in fewer recreational fishing opportunities, causing substantial harm to the businesses and communities that depend on access to the red snapper fishery. Given their proven track record, ASA believes that greater management control by the states will significantly improve the management of red snapper in a way that sustains healthy stocks while allowing for ample public access. For more information, contact Ocean Resource Policy Director Mike Leonard, x230.

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Florida Governor Recommends $1.6 Billion for Natural Resource Funding

Governor Scott released his “Keep Florida Working” budget proposal in January. The budget recommends $1.6 billion in funding for an array of conservation programs, touting the importance of the state’s natural resources to families, visitors and businesses. In his proposal, significant funds will be provided for the Everglades restoration, land acquisition and management, springs protection and restoration, state park improvements and several beach refurbishment projects. ASA is pleased with the robust budget proposal and the benefits it will bring to Florida’s three million anglers and treasured natural resources. For more information, contact Policy Fellow Melanie Sturm, x255.

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Changes in ASA Government Affairs Staffing

Libby Yranski, ASA’s former Government Affairs Policy Fellow, has accepted a position with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as its State Government Relations Manager. We appreciate the great work she did on ASA’s behalf and we look forward to continuing to work with her in her new position at NMMA.

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