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For more information contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, (703) 519-9691, x227.
Six members ASA’s board of directors were elected or re-elected to fill three regional seats and three at-large seats. Regional seats went to Martin MacDonald, Conservation Director, Bass Pro Shops, Springfield, Mo. (re-elected), who will serve the South Central Region; Dick Pool, President, Pro-Troll Fishing Products, Concord, Calif. (re-elected), who will represent the West Region; Aledia Tush, president, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Sarasota, Fla., who will serve the Southeast Region. At-Large seats went to Dave Bulthuis, vice president of Sales, Costa, Daytona Beach, Fla. (re-elected); Paul Schluter, president, St. Croix Rods, Park Falls, Wis. (re-elected); and Gary Zurn, senior vice president, Marketing and Dealer Services, Big Rock Sports, LLC, Newport, N.C. Their terms begin October 1, 2011, and they will serve two-year terms. ASA’s board members may serve three, consecutive two-year terms.
ICAST 2011 Online Registration and Badges
Online pre-registration for ICAST 2011 closed on July 6. You can still register on-site at the Las Vegas Convention Center on the second floor of the North Halls starting at noon on Monday, July 11. If you pre-registered by June 10, should have received your badge in the mail. You can also pick up your badges on-site at the Express or Advance Registration counters. All of your booth personnel, including temporary staff, are required to be badged in order to access the show floor. If you have any questions about ICAST registration, contact ICAST Registration at 301-694-5243 or onsite Registration at 702-943-3500 beginning Monday, July 11.
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: Gold – Crocodile Bay Resort, Fishing Tackle Retailer, Frabill, Inc., Take Me Fishing and Versus; Silver – Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing, Fishouflage Apparel, Gemini Sport Marketing, In-Fisherman and Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corporation; and Bronze – Classic 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.
From the New Product Showcase, the trade show’s flagship feature, to free business seminars, to the State of the Industry Breakfast, ICAST is the only place where you can see everything that the global sportfishing industry has to offer. Check out the Show Highlights and Events page for all the details.
ICAST 2011 New Product Showcase and the “Best of Show” Awards
More fishing products are unveiled during the ICAST New Product Showcase than anywhere else in the world. The New Product Showcase is the premier venue where established manufacturers and entrepreneurs alike debut their latest innovations in fishing gear and accessories. Buyers and Media-Editorial badge holders evaluate each new product and vote for the prestigious “Best of Show” awards in 21 product categories and the overall “Best of Show.” Voting begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, during the New Product Showcase Preview Reception, sponsored byFishing Tackle Retailer, and ends at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. The awards are presented during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception, sponsored by Frabill, Inc., being held Wednesday, July 13, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center. All ICAST attendees are welcome to attend the Chairman’s Reception.
ICAST Industry Breakfast – Sold Out
Tickets are now sold out for the ICAST Industry Breakfast. Those attending will be able to hear the inside information on the state of our industry. Michael Colopy, a world-recognized expert in global political and economic agendas, is our guest speaker. He’ll provide an overview of the trends that will have an impact on global trade. The Industry Breakfast takes place Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Get ICAST News from the ICAST Online Press Room
Do you want learn what’s going on at the world’s largest sportfishing trade show and read about the exciting new products that will be unveiled at ICAST 2011? If so, then you need to check out the Online Press Room on ICASTfishing.org. The Press Room also includes a schedule for exhibitor press conferences. For more information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, x227.
Free Business Seminars at ICAST
This year’s ICAST seminars focus on the challenges facing the industry and what you can do to help keep our waters open to recreational fishing; an update on design and utility intellectual property protection; an overview of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act; and how traditional advertising still applies in a social media world. All the seminars will be held in room N260 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. A full description of each seminar and complete schedule can be found on the Seminars page on ICASTfishing.org.
Mark Your Calendars for ICAST 2012 and 2013
Please make 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.
Ashe Confirmed as USFWS Director
On June 30, the Senate confirmed Dan Ashe as the 16th Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Ashe has most recently served as the USFWS Deputy Director for Policy. Ashe served as the chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System from 1998 to 2003, directing operation and management of the 93 million-acre system, and the service’s land acquisition program. ASA looks forward to continuing its constructive relationship with Ashe to conserve fisheries habitat and promote angling access on USFWS land. For more information, please read the Interior Department’s press release.
Legislation Introduced to Stop Unwarranted Fisheries Closures
The Fisheries Science Improvement Act (H.R. 2304), introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) on June 23, 2011, with the support of a bi-partisan group of 18 other Members of Congress, seeks to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) is required to set catch limits based on data, not on guesstimates. ASA, as part of a coalition of sportfishing interests, played an active role in the introduction of this science-based legislation. ASA encourages anglers to contact their Representatives in support of H.R. 2304 through KeepAmericaFishing™.
National Fish Habitat Conservation Act Reintroduced into the Senate
On June 15, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) introduced the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA), S. 1201, into the Senate with the support of eight other Senators. This legislation will formally authorize and establish a funding source for protecting, restoring and enhancing fish habitat. The NFHCA came close to passing during the 111th Congress, but did not pass before Congress concluded. ASA is working with Members of Congress to have this legislation introduced into the House of Representatives in the near future.
ASA Reinforces Need for Public Access in National Ocean Policy
ASA continues to reinforce the message that public access for recreation must be a top priority President Obama’s new National Ocean Policy. In early June, the Council released its nine strategic action plans (SAP) for addressing the policy’s priority objectives and is currently accepting public comment. ASA encourages anglers to submit comments on the SAPs, notably the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning plan.
Administration Forms Council on Outdoor Recreation
On June 13, the Obama Administration announced the creation of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR) to coordinate and promote outdoor recreation on public lands, which is a major component of the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative. One of the main goals of the Council is to coordinate recreation management, access and policies across multiple agencies to improve public enjoyment and recreational use of federal lands. ASA will continue to work with the Administration and newly formed FICOR to ensure that sportfishing interests are well represented in these initiatives. For more information, read the Administration’s press release.
Visit With KeepAmericaFishing™ During ICAST 2011
KeepAmericaFishing™ is the sportfishing industry’s angler advocacy campaign. During ICAST, please visit the ASA Resource Center, Booth 1727, to learn how you can help ensure that anglers continue to enjoy the sport that we are so passionate about. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to have impact on recreational fishing. Learn how you can help keep our waters open, clean and abundant with fish.
Bonnier Corporation Contributes to FishAmerica's Gulf Fund
Bonnier Corporation made a $10,000 donation to the FishAmerica Gulf Fund in support of fisheries conservation and habitat restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. The FishAmerica Gulf Fund was created in 2005 in response to the devastating impact that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita had on sportfish in the Gulf and was expanded in April 2010 to include habitat restoration in the Gulf area not directly affected by the Gulf oil spill.
FishAmerica Celebrates Completion of Brook Trout Project
In June, FishAmerica Foundation Executive Director Johanna Laderman joined officials from the Savage River Watershed Association, the City of Frostburg, the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and other project partners in the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Savage River Headwater Dam Removal and Stream Restoration Project site in Frostburg, Md. The project reconnected more than two miles of instream habitat for brook trout and improved fishing opportunities for anglers in western Maryland.
Brunswick is a Long-Time Supporter of Coastal Habitat Restoration
In June, the Brunswick Public Foundation gave the FishAmerica Foundation $35,000 grant award. When matched with funds from the NOAA Restoration Center and leveraged with an additional $1.3 million from the local communities, the grant will provide funding for six grassroots projects to restore marine and estuarine habitat critical to marine fish. Since 2000, the Brunswick Public Foundation has awarded $230,000 leveraging $11 million through the foundation’s partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center and local communities restoring more than 15,000 acres of wetlands and 32 miles of riverine fisheries habitat in thirteen coastal states.
Mercury Marine Continues Support of FishAmerica
Mercury Marine presented $3,000 to the FishAmerica Foundation from donations made by tournament anglers through its National Walleye Tournament. Since 1983, the tournament has donated $3,000 a year to FishAmerica totaling $84,000.
New Trade Data Available on ASA's Website
Each month, the latest in sportfishing industry statistics are posted online by the American Sportfishing Association. Find the latest information 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.