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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.

ICAST Updates

  • Don’t Miss the June 7 ICAST Pre-Registration and Housing
    Block Deadline
  • Reserve Your Seat for the Industry Breakfast with the Legendary
    Johnny Bench
  • ICAST 2013 New Product Showcase and the “Best of Show” Awards
  • ICAST 2013 Show Highlights and Events
  • ICAST 2013 Business Seminars Conference
  • Consider Becoming an ASA Member
  • Thank You ICAST 2013 Sponsors

Policy and Government Affairs

  • Water Resource Bill Passes the Senate
  • Cumberland River Access Upheld by Congress
  • Maine to Study Effects of Soft Baits
  • New Hampshire House Passes Lead Ban
  • Legislation to Restore Public Access at Cape Hatteras Moves Forward
  • ASA Comments on Alaska’s Bristol Bay Mining Proposal
  • Coalition Responds to Everglades Management Plan
  • ASA a Key Presenter During NOAA’s May Fisheries Conference

KeepAmericaFishing™ Updates

  • We’re Launching a NEW KeepAmericaFishing™!
  • Join KeepAmericaFishing™ at the ICAST 2013 ASA Resource Center

Fishing Data and Statistics

  • 2013 First Quarter Fishing Participation Down from 2012
  • New Study Supports Enormous Economic Impact of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Don’t Miss the June 7 ICAST Pre-Registration and Housing Block Deadline

ICAST 2013 pre-registration rates apply if you register by Friday, June 7. After June 7, onsite badge rates apply. All show attendees must be badged in order to access the show floor. ASA has arranged special discounts for ICAST attendees with partner hotels that are conveniently located near the Las Vegas Convention. You must register for the show in order to take advantage of the ICAST room block rates. For more information about registration and housing, contact Experient Customer Service at (301) 694-5243.

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Reserve Your Seat for the Industry Breakfast with the Legendary Johnny Bench

Get the inside information on the state of our industry during the State of the Industry Breakfast being held Wednesday, July 9, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., Ballroom N250, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, National Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is this year’s guest keynote speaker. Tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased through Experient, our registration company, either online; or by calling (301) 694-5243; or onsite at the ICAST Registration Desk. Only registered exhibitors and attendees may purchase tickets.

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Exhibitors – Important New Product Showcase Drop Off Information

Get the inside information on the state of our industry during the State of the Industry Breakfast being held Wednesday, July 9, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., Ballroom N250, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, National Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is this year’s guest keynote speaker. Tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased through Experient, our registration company, either online; or by calling (301) 694-5243; or onsite at the ICAST Registration Desk. Only registered exhibitors and attendees may purchase tickets.

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ICAST 2013 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, apparel 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 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, during the New Product Showcase Preview Reception, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer and ends at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. The awards are presented during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception, sponsored by Rapala, being held Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., in Ballroom N250, the Las Vegas Convention Center. All badged exhibitors and attendees are welcome to attend the Chairman’s Reception.

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ICAST 2013 Show Highlights and Events

In addition to the aisles of amazing gear, apparel and accessories, ICAST is also host to a series of special events and show floor destinations that should be on everyone’s “must do” list. These include the New Product Showcase, the State of the Industry Breakfast and the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception where the New Product Showcase “Best of Show” awards are presented, the Lure Tank, the Apparel Lounge, the Cyber Lounge and the ASA Resource Center.

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ICAST 2013 Business Seminars Conference

In order to meet the business needs of our industry we are evolving the seminar sessions into a “must attend” business education conference with sessions presented throughout the trade show. This year’s seminars focus on dealers and the retail sector; however, there is s special session on the federal manufacturers excise tax specifically for manufacturers and exhibitors. The sessions are free to all badged ICAST and IFTD attendees. The sessions are held during show hours – July 10 – 12, in Room N253, the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Consider Becoming an ASA Member

You are receiving this complimentary newsletter sportfishing industry. Join today and you will receive valuable members-only benefits and information from the American Sportfishing Association. You will immediately be subscribed to receive ASA’s members-only newsletter – ASA INSIDER. You’ll also receive your password to the online Member Resource Center on www.ASAfishing.org which unlocks exclusive member benefits throughout the year. Receive your membership dues quote today by completing a membership application or by contacting Membership Director Jill Calabria, x234.

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Thank You ICAST 2013 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who have already signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2013 sponsors are: Gold – Crocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; NBC Sports Network; Rapala; and Take Me Fishing™. Silver – Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing; Gemini Sport Marketing; 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. This list is current as of June 3, 2013.

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Water Resource Bill Passes the Senate

On May 15, the U.S. Senate voted 83-14 to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), S. 601, which authorizes federal spending on port improvements, flood protection, dam and levee projects and environmental restoration. The measure passed with an amendment that will ensure that monies collected from the Harbor Maintenance Tax will go directly to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund which addresses the critical needs of harbors and ports around the country, including the Great Lakes. The trust fund provides monies to dredge harbor channels helping to maintain access for recreational and commercial boating.

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Cumberland River Access Upheld by Congress

In a bipartisan move applauded by the sportfishing industry and the broader sportfishing community, both Houses of Congress passed the Freedom to Fish Act which will remove unnecessary access restrictions to recreational fishing along the Cumberland River in Tennessee and Kentucky. The bill passed on May 21, and is waiting for the President’s signature. The Freedom to Fish Act prohibits any restrictive area on the Cumberland River by the Army Corp for two years and also requires the Army Corps to remove any physical barriers that have been constructed since August 1, 2012. Any future restrictions must be based on operational conditions that might create hazardous waters, and must follow an extensive opportunity for public input.

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Maine to Study Effects of Soft Baits

On May 14, a bill directing a study on the effect of soft baits and non-degradable hooks on fish in Maine passed into law without the governor’s signature. This study will be conducted by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife who will report back to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by January 15, 2014. ASA has pledged to work with the department to ensure that the recreational fishing industry has a voice in the process.

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New Hampshire House Passes Lead Ban

On May 22, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill to expand current restrictions on lead in fishing tackle. This bill had previously been passed by the Senate and will now move onto the Governor’s desk. This ban would expand current restrictions by banning the use of any lead jig weighing one ounce or less.

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Legislation to Restore Public Access at Cape Hatteras Moves Forward

In early 2013, Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Representative Walter Jones (R-N.C.) introduced legislation (S. 486 and H.R. 819) that would restore reasonable off-road vehicle and pedestrian access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area while providing appropriate shorebird and resource protection. On May 15, the bill was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee and now awaits a vote on the House floor. The bill is expected to be considered by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in June. The final management plan for the seashore, which went into effect on February 15, 2012, has caused devastating impacts on the local economy, which is largely dependent on tourism and recreation.

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ASA Comments on Alaska’s Bristol Bay Mining Proposal

The public comment period regarding the EPA’s revised draft watershed assessment for Bristol Bay has been extended until June 30th. ASA submitted their comments on the revised watershed assessment, which recognized the dangers mining would have in the Bristol Bay watershed.  The draft revised report, in conjunction with past studies, provides sufficient information for the EPA to begin taking action to protect Bristol Bay against future mining threats. The report finds that even in a best-case scenario – without a catastrophe or series of harmful spills – up to 90 miles of salmon streams and up to 4,300 acres of vital salmon habitat will be destroyed by mining the deposit. For more information or to submit comments, please click here, please click here.

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Coalition Responds to Everglades Management Plan

On May 9, ASA and several recreational fishing and boating organizations submitted a joint letter regarding the recently released draft General Management Plan (GMP) for Everglades National Park. The coalition is primarily concerned with the pole and troll zones proposed in the draft GMP, which encompass roughly 33 percent of the waters of Florida Bay that are within the Park. Boaters would be allowed to use push poles or trolling motors in these areas, but because many of these areas are several miles wide and lack channels or corridors for motorized access, many popular fishing areas would become virtually inaccessible. The coalition is urging the National Park Service to coordinate with stakeholders and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission ensure that any new regulations do not unduly restrict public access.

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ASA a Key Presenter During NOAA’s May Fisheries Conference

On May 7-9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hosted the Managing our Nation’s Fisheries 3 Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together leaders in the recreational, commercial, and charter-for-hire industries, as well as academics and environmental groups, to discuss the upcoming reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the primary law governing federal marine fisheries management in the U.S. ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman spoke to the importance of the recreational fishing sector and developing a vision of what successful saltwater fisheries management should look like in the future during the session “Recreational and Subsistence Fishery Connections” session.

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We’re Launching a NEW KeepAmericaFishing™!

To adapt to the changing world of technology and maximize our advocacy work, KeepAmericaFishing™ is launching a new website during ICAST. Show your support with prominent placement on the new website as a partner or, if you are looking to promote something specific, with advertising.

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Join KeepAmericaFishing™ at the ICAST 2013 ASA Resource Center

KeepAmericaFishing™ has several events lined up for ICAST. We will present a seminar on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – noon on how we are adapting to better serve the industry through improved advocacy action. That same day, stop by the ASA Resource Center at 3:00 p.m., Booth 2419 – to learn more about the new website, our new membership program and how you can get involved. Finally, join us – and many of our industry’s pro anglers, including Kevin VanDam – on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and raise a glass to the every-growing success of this essential industry program. Listen in and learn who some of our first KeepAmericaFishing members are – and how you can join.

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2013 First Quarter Fishing Participation Down from 2012

In a license index run cooperatively by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), license sales from January through March 2013 decreased an estimated 17.5 percent compared to the same months in 2012. This index is based on license sales reported by 13 states strategically selected across the U.S. A late Spring across much of the country suppressed license sales, especially in the Northeast and Midwest, compared to sales in 2012 when an unusually warm spring significantly boosted early-year license sales. Compared to 2011 when spring weather was more typical, first quarter license sales in 2013 were actually up 1.1 percent.

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New Study Supports Enormous Economic Impact of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

According to the Conservation Economy in America report recently released by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southwick Associates, investments in natural resource conservation stimulate $93.2 billion in economic activity in the U.S. The report provides economic impacts of direct investments into conservation, including the jobs, tax revenues and other dividends produced by state, federal and private conservation funding. The report clearly demonstrates that investing in fisheries and wildlife conservation not only benefits the nation’s natural resources, but also fuels a significant economic engine.

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