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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 2013

  • Register Now for ICAST 2013
  • New Product Showcase – ICAST's Flagship Feature
  • ICAST Recognized as One of the Nation’s Top Trade Shows
  • Industry Breakfast Speaker is National Baseball Hall of Famer
    Johnny Bench
  • Thank You ICAST 2013 Sponsors
  • ICAST 2013 Show Highlights and Events
  • ICAST 2013 Business Seminars Conference

Policy and Government Affairs

  • Marine Recreational Fishing’s Economic Impact Rivals Commercial Sector
  • Gulf Snapper Wars Heat Up
  • EPA releases new Bristol Bay Assessment
  • New E-15 legislation Introduced into House
  • EPA Releases New Bristol Bay Assessment
  • Sequester-cancel Bill Introduced Into Senate
  • FishSmart Workshops Have Implications for Industry
  • Amendment to Maine’s Lead Ban Offered

Register Now for ICAST 2013

Registration is open for ICAST 2013, the world's largest sportfishing trade show, being held July 9-12, 2013, 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 7, 2013. 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
icast-iftd@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. Voting occurs between 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, and 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., at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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ICAST Recognized as One of the Nation’s Top Trade Shows

ICAST was honored by Trade Show Executive during its annual awards ceremony as one of the nation’s top trade shows in the 2012 Total Attendance category coming in with the #9 spot out of 50 finalists. The 50 top performers in each of three groups — net square feet, number of exhibiting companies and attendance — were honored for their elite status over 4,000 other U.S. trade shows at the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, held May 8-10, 2013, in Chicago.

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Industry Breakfast Speaker is National Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench

Get the inside information on the state of our industry during the State of the Industry Breakfast being held Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center. National Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is this year’s guest keynote speaker. The breakfast is being held in the convention center, in the large ballroom on the second level. Tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (301) 694-5243. Only registered exhibitors and attendees may purchase tickets.

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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; Holster Up; and L & L Outdoor Products. This list is current as of May 14, 2013.

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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 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 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 a wide-range of topics, with a particular focus on buyers and the retail sector, but the sessions have a lot of information for all attendees 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 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Marine Recreational Fishing’s Economic Impact Rivals Commercial Sector

A report released in May by ASA makes a powerful case that from an economic perspective, recreational fishing is just as important as commercial fishing, despite a much lower overall impact on the resource. According to the report, anglers landed just two percent of the total saltwater landings compared to ninety-eight percent caught by the commercial fishing industry. This first-of-its-kind analysis – Comparing NOAA’s Recreational and Commercial Fishing Economic Data, May 2013 – provides an apples-to-apples comparison of recreational and commercial marine fishing from an economic perspective using NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Services (NOAA Fisheries) 2011 economic data. The report was produced for ASA by Southwick Associates. The full report and executive summary are available on ASA’s website under Facts & Figure – Sportfishing Economics.

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Gulf Snapper Wars Heat Up

On April 22 the states of Texas and Louisiana filed a suit against the federal government over the NOAA Fisheries emergency red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA Fisheries had induced the emergency season as a result of the states going non-compliant with federal regulations and allowing for longer fishing seasons in state waters. Florida had also announced its intention to go non-compliant but is not included in the lawsuit. Several bills have been introduced in Congress to extend state authority of reef fish management in the Gulf of Mexico. On April 16, Governors Jindal (LA), Perry (TX), Scott (FL) and Bryant (MS) sent a letter to Congressional leadership calling for improved management of Gulf red snapper, citing the state-led management of striped bass in the Atlantic as a model.

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EPA Releases New Bristol Bay Assessment

On April 26 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a revised version of their watershed assessment on the impacts of Pebble Mine on Bristol Bay, Alaska. In summary the assessment says that mining activity at the proposed site would cause negative effects on the salmon populations. The assessment also analyzed various types of mining activities and concluded that operations could negatively affect twenty miles of river and over one thousand acres of wetlands. These areas are habitat for various salmon, coho, sockeye and Chinook, as well as rainbow trout. The EPA is asking for public comment until May 31, regarding the assessment and the mine. For more information or to submit comments, please click here.

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New E-15 legislation Introduced into House

On April 10 Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced bill HR1462 into the House. 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 the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol. This bill would eliminate E-15 blends of gasoline. Gasoline blended with a higher percentage of ethanol, such as E15, can cause severe damage to motors including motorboat engines. E-15 is dangerous to motors because of the high temperature it causes the engines to reach. Many automotive companies will not cover insurance claims for these damages.

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Sequester-cancel Bill Introduced Into Senate

On April 23, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced S788, a bill to suspend the fiscal year 2013 sequester and establish limits on war-related spending. This bill would suspend the sequester cuts for the remaining five months of FY2013 and these cuts would be reevaluated in the fall.

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FishSmart Workshops Have Implications for Industry

Through the FishSmart process, four workshops have been completed around the country gathering industry, anglers, fisheries managers and scientists to discern what is known about gear and techniques for improving the survival of released fish. Since 2008, anglers in the Gulf of Mexico have been required to carry special release tools when fishing for reef fish. The options available to anglers to comply with this law, such as descender devices, will likely expand as a result of the FishSmart workshops. On other coasts, the use of special release tools and appropriate terminal tackle is gaining in popularity among anglers and fisheries managers alike and will lead to increased demand for “FishSmart Tackle” products in the future. For summaries of the workshops and more information on FishSmart, visit www.fishsmart.org.

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Amendment to Maine’s Lead Ban Offered

On April 11 an amendment to the lead sinker and jig ban in Maine was accepted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. This amendment removes jigs from being banned but includes the sale or use of lead sinkers or bare lead headed hooks weighing one ounce or less or measuring less than two and one half inches in length. The language of the amended bill is still obtrusive in that it outlaws sinkers and hooks that contain any lead, this ambiguous language would then include any and all alternatives that contain a small percentage of lead.

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