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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.



Preventing Unwarranted Federal Bans on Lead Fishing Tackle
On April 14, the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act (S. 838 and H.R. 1558), was introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Thune (R-SD) and Representatives Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Mike Ross (D-AR). The Act seeks to prevent a federal ban on lead in recreational fishing tackle and help to ensure that any future regulations on fishing tackle are established based on scientific data instead of unjustified petitions such as the one the Environmental Protection Agency rejected last November. Please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to support the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act S. 838 and H.R. 1558.

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Industry Adopts Marine Fisheries Management Guiding Principles
Given the rapid, deadline-driven nature of how the regional Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries are making complex and significant fisheries management policies, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recently adopted guiding principles that will inform ASA’s position regarding marine fisheries management. They are: fishery allocations need to reflect the conservation, cultural and economic values of saltwater angling; timely and accurate data is critical for successful fisheries management; depleted stocks should be rebuilt taking into account both socioeconomic and conservation considerations; and stakeholder outreach and education is critical to the policy planning process.

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Register Now for ICAST 2011
Register now for ICAST 2011, the world's largest sportfishing trade show, being held July 13-15, 2011, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Online registration is available on ICASTfishing.org. All attendees must be badged in order to access the show floor. Pre-registration rates are valid until June 10, 2011. After that date, higher on-site registration rates apply. ASA has also arranged special discounts for ICAST attendees with partner hotels that are conveniently located near the Las Vegas Convention Center. When registering for the show, you may also make reservations at the official ICAST hotels. For more information about registration and housing, please contact Experient customer service at ASA-ICAST@experient-inc.com or (301) 694-5243.

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New Product Showcase – ICAST's Flagship Feature
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 can evaluate each new product and vote for the prestigious “Best of Show” awards in 21 product categories. Voting occurs between 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, and 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.

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Make Plans to Attend the State of the Industry Breakfast
Get the inside information on the state of our industry during the Industry Breakfast being held Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Michael Colopy, a world-recognized expert in global political and economic agendas, is our guest speaker. He’ll provide an overview of the global trends that will have an impact on global trade, especially China's role in areas such as energy, food and resources for manufacturing and Japan’s struggle to recover from the March disasters. Tickets are required and can be purchased when registering for the show.

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Thank You ICAST 2011 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., the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign and Versus; Silver Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing, Fishouflage Apparel, In-Fisherman and Gemini Sport Marketing; and Bronze Classic Fishing Products, Inc., Fishgillz Sunglass Co., Outdoor InSite, LLC, RecTec, LCC, Ryjus Group, Scent Blazer Pty. Ltd., Silverfish Press and Southwick Associates. This list is current as of May 5, 2011.

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Pro Anglers Voice Their Support for KeepAmericaFishing™
KeepAmericaFishing™, ASA’s angler advocacy campaign, is a way for anglers to get involved in protecting the future of their sport. Four-time Bassmaster Classic Champion Kevin VanDam, pro angler Jose Wejebe and shark conservationist Chris Fischer are ardent supporters of KeepAmericaFishing. Go to www.KeepAmericaFishing.org to read why keeping our waters open, clean and abundant with fish is so important to them.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard Through KeepAmericaFishing
The website – www.KeepAmericaFishing.org – is the vehicle through which you can help keep our public waterways open to recreational fishing by engaging in advocacy, signing up to receive news and alerts and contributing to the campaign. To ensure the future of our sport, we need to be represented at every table where decisions are made about the future of recreational fishing. And that takes time, people and funding. Go to www.KeepAmericaFishing.org today and voice your support!

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Comprehensive Report Assesses Human Impact on Fish Habitat
The National Fish Habitat Board recently released Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitat in the United States 2010, an unprecedented, nationwide assessment of the human impact on fish habitat in the rivers and estuaries of the United States. The report was developed by the public-private partnership of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) .For more information, visit the NFHAP website or contact ASA Policy Fellow Alyssa Hausman, x244.

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NOAA Begins National Saltwater Anglers' Economic Impact Survey
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is conducting a national survey to update and improve estimates of the overall economic contributions of saltwater recreational fishing to the U.S. economy. Throughout 2011, NOAA will survey a random sampling of the more than 15 million saltwater anglers in each of the 23 coastal states and Puerto Rico for the 2011 National Marine Recreational Fishing Expenditure Survey. ASA strongly urges anglers to participate in the survey if contacted. For more information read NOAA’s press release on the survey or contact ASA Ocean Resource Policy Director Mike Leonard, x230.

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2011 National Fishing & Boating Week
National Fishing & Boating Week is June 4 – 12, 2011, and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) will host a promotion on its TakeMeFishing.org Facebook page encouraging fans to submit videos or photos of their favorite memories on the water. Voting will be hosted on Facebook. There will be daily prizes as well as a family-oriented grand prize at as yet-to-be determined camping or fishing destination. For more information contact RBFF at rbff@rbff.org.

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FishAmerica/NOAA Grants Deadline
Proposals for sportfish habitat restoration grants are due on May 16, 5:00 p.m., EDT. The FishAmerica Foundation, through its partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center, has up to $1 million in funding available for grassroots marine, estuarine and riparian habitat restoration projects. Awards will be made in October 2011. Complete details are available at www.fishamerica.org/grants.

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FishAmerica Approved for CFC
The FishAmerica Foundation is approved for the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign which runs from September 1 – December 15. Federal employees can make payroll donations to their favorite organization during this time. FishAmerica’s CFC Code is 12295. Federal employees have pledged more than $80,000 since FishAmerica joined the CFC campaign.

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Fishing Tackle Imports Grew in 2010
Fishing tackle imports increased in the last quarter of 2010 compared to the same quarter in 2009 with the first half of 2010 seeing the largest increases. Overall, higher-priced fishing reels and rods led all increases, while artificial baits and flies and mid-priced reels showed decreases compared to the same quarter in 2009. Fourth quarter imports for all fishing tackle, measured in dollars, were 10 percent higher compared to 2009. Overall, imports increased in every quarter in 2010. For details on imports by product category, visit the ASA website. For more information contact Rob Southwick, (904) 277-9765.

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Harsh Winter and BP Spill Have Expected License Sales Impact
According to Southwick Associates, although fishing license sales rebounded along the Gulf coast last September, the increases were not enough to offset the losses attributed to lower than usual temperatures in January and February along with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite decreases, 2010 license sales are marginally higher than in 2008. The findings are based on license sales reported by 13 states strategically selected across the U.S. For more information contact Rob Southwick at (904) 277-9765.

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