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For more information contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, (703) 519-9691, x227.
- Glenn Hughes Joins ASA Staff
- Changes to ICAST Staff
- Mark Your Calendar for the 2014 Sportfishing Summit
- 2014 Sportfishing Summit Sponsorship Opportunities
- RBFF's New Hispanic Campaign, “Vamos A Pescar”
- Take Me Fishing™ Branding Launches at Walt Disney World® Resort
- Get Involved in National Fishing and Boating Week
- TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2014
- TAKE ACTION – Purchase Your State of the Industry Breakfast Tickets
- Download the ICAST 2014 App
- Experient, Inc. is the Official Housing Partner of ICAST 2014
- Thank You ICAST 2014 Sponsors
- ICAST 2014 Sponsorships Are Available
- Follow ICAST on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook
- Recreational Fishing Community Calls on Congress for MSA Revamp
- NOAA Fisheries Commits to Develop a National Recreational Fishing Policy
- Sequestered Trust Fund Monies to Be Released
- FWS to Truck and Release California Hatchery Salmon
- Judge Rules Against Federal Red Snapper Management
- Gulf of Mexico Public Comment Open for Red Snapper Reallocation
- EPA Releases Proposal to Clarify Clean Water Act
- Fish Habitat Bill Passes Committee
Glenn Hughes Joins ASA Staff
Glenn Hughes, a long-time ASA member who served on several committees and as the Data and Statistics Committee chairman, has joined the ASA staff as Vice President of Industry Relations. Although Glenn started working with the association late last year, on April 1, Glenn joined the ASA staff in the Old Town, Alexandria, Va., headquarters offices. On behalf of the members and staff, we welcome Glenn and look forward to working with him. His email is email@example.com, and his extension is 245. Welcome aboard, Glenn!
Changes to ICAST Staff
ASA bids farewell to Trade Show and Meetings Coordinator Teresa Denchfield whose last day on staff was April 11. Teresa has moved onto another association to focus on meeting planning. We wish Teresa all the best in her new endeavors. In the meantime, please send inquiries to ICAST@asafishing.org.
Mark Your Calendar for the 2014 Sportfishing Summit
Mark your calendar today for the 2014 Sportfishing Summit, ASA’s annual meeting and premier membership event. The Summit will take place October 15-17, at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, x227.
2014 Sportfishing Summit Sponsorship Opportunities
Build name recognition and make a statement to the leaders of the sportfishing industry by sponsoring an event during ASA’s premier business and networking event, the 2014 Sportfishing Summit being held October 15-17, at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas. Please contact Membership Director Jill Calabria for more information or call (703) 519-9691, x234.
RBFF's New Hispanic Campaign, “Vamos A Pescar”
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) Hispanic angling and boating participation campaign, called “Vamos a Pescar,” will launch next month as a pilot in Florida and Texas. Over the past year, RBFF has been working on developing the campaign website and marketing materials since its Board of Directors approved a five-year plan to engage the Hispanic audience in 2013. RBFF hopes that industry members will take advantage of the campaign assets and information as things get underway.
Take Me Fishing™ Branding Launches at Walt Disney World® Resort
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing™ campaign announced a new alliance relationship with Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Media Networks that will encourage kids and families to connect with nature through boating and fishing. The alliance relationship will encourage guests who boat and fish at Walt Disney World Resort to continue these memorable experiences at home by connecting them with TakeMeFishing.org, which provides information about where to boat and fish in their local communities. Walt Disney World Resort offers guests wonderful boating experiences and unparalleled catch-and-release fishing. There are 11 locations across Walt Disney World Resort that offer guided fishing excursions. Additionally, dockside fishing takes place at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and cane pole fishing takes place at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside.
Get Involved in National Fishing and Boating Week
National Fishing and Boating Week takes place June 1-8. This is a great time to encourage your customers, organization and constituents to hit the water and go fishing and boating. Celebrate by posting your events to our community calendar, or sharing NFBW graphics or tweeting #NFBW.
TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2014
Hotel rooms are going quickly, so register now to guarantee a room at one of the official ICAST hotels. If you attended ICAST 2013, you should have received an email from Experient, our registration company, with your 2013 user name and password, which you’ll need to start the ICAST 2014 registration process.
TAKE ACTION – Purchase Your State of the Industry Breakfast Tickets
ESPN’s college football guru, Lee Corso, is this year’s guest keynote speaker. In addition to Corso, you’re also get the inside information on the state of our industry during the State of the Industry Breakfast being held Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., at the Orange County Convention Center. The breakfast is being held in the convention center, Hall B W311, third floor. Tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased online through Experient, our registration company, or by calling (301) 694-5243. Only registered exhibitors and attendees may purchase tickets.
Download the ICAST 2014 App
By exhibitors’ request the new ICAST 2014 Mobile App will help buyers and media to target their show floor experience all from the palm of their hands. The app has many helpful features that will help exhibitors and attendees alike while onsite such as maps, events, and exhibitors. To download the ICAST 2014 to your smart device, visit the ICAST website, www.ICASTfishing.org, and scan the QR code located on the home page to get your app. For technical assistance, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The app is supported by Apple, Android and Blackberry.
Experient, Inc. is the Official Housing Partner of ICAST 2014
Please be aware that there are a number of housing companies who may contact you and misrepresent themselves as agents for ICAST 2014 offering discounted rates at various Orlando hotels. Experient, Inc. is the only company authorized by the American Sportfishing Association to make hotel reservations for ICAST 2014. 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.
Thank You ICAST 2014 Sponsors
ASA would like to thank its generous members who have already signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2014 sponsors are: Gold – Crocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; Rapala; and Take Me Fishing™. Silver – Columbia Sportswear; Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing; Gemini Sports Marketing; In-Fisherman; and Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corp. Bronze – Beyond Coastal; Buck Knives; Chums; Classic Fishing Products, Inc.; FLW Outdoors; Glo-Pro Lures; L & L Outdoor Products; Nu-Canoe and Sunsect, Inc. The list is current as of April 2014.
ICAST 2014 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, please review the Sponsorship Brochure on ICASTfishing.org.
Follow ICAST on Twitter and Facebook
Our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter followers are growing by the day. Share your thoughts about why you attend ICAST on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ICASTfishing and on Twitter by following us @ICASTshow. LinkedIn is for members of the trade only including ASA members and ICAST exhibitors. Sign up today.
Recreational Fishing Community Calls on Congress for MSA Revamp
In March, during a series of meetings on Capitol Hill, the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management's co-chairs, Johnny Morris, founder and CEO, Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president, Maverick Boats, briefed members of Congress and media on the commission’s recommended changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The commission, composed of anglers, scientists, former agency administrators, conservationists, industry representatives and economists, wants to ensure that saltwater recreational fishing becomes a priority of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries outlines recreational fisheries management issues that need to be addressed in the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization.
NOAA Fisheries Commits to Develop a National Recreational Fishing Policy
Spurred on by the sportfishing and boating community, the new policy will better integrate recreational fishing into NOAA Fisheries’ mission. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration committed that NOAA Fisheries will develop a national recreational fishing policy. This announcement was greeted enthusiastically by sportfishing and boating leaders who have urged the agency to adopt exactly this approach to define and coordinate efforts throughout the federal government, and particularly the National Marine Fisheries Service, to advance saltwater recreational fishing. NOAA Fisheries’ announcement capped off its national 2014 Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit held April 1-2, in Alexandria, Va. Leaders from the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community met with NOAA Fisheries’ leadership to assess recent progress, identify goals and strengthen ties between NOAA and stakeholder groups.
Sequestered Trust Fund Monies to be Released
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of the Interior have agreed to release the sequestered funds of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. The released funds will be allocated to the states. This decision was supported by the Senate members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. Last year, ASA along with forty four organizations sent a letter to Congress requesting these funds be exempt from any future sequestrations.
FWS to Truck and Release California Hatchery Salmon
Due to extreme drought conditions, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has agreed to truck California’s Coleman hatchery’s yearly production of baby salmon downriver to aid in their migration out to sea. Coleman, California’s largest salmon hatchery, produces twelve million baby salmon annually, which are normally released into the upper Sacramento River. ASA submitted a letter to the Director of the FWS, Dan Ashe, asking the FWS to truck salmon further downstream so that the survival rate of salmon smolts would increase. ASA also had direct conversations with the Director concerning the issue.
Judge Rules Against Federal Red Snapper Management
A federal district judge recently ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Magnuson-Stevens Act by failing to properly manage the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper fishery. The ruling, which was in response to a lawsuit brought forward by commercial fishermen and backed by the Environmental Defense Fund, is a recognition that federal management of recreational anglers is deeply flawed and in need of overhaul. While the red snapper population continues to rebuild, managers have failed to implement approaches that recognize the unique characteristics of the recreational fishing community, and have instead attempted to manage the recreational sector under the same quota-based approach as is used for commercial fishing. The ruling indicates that the current management structure does not recognize the high demand of red snapper among anglers and that the current allocation does not recognize the tremendous value they hold when caught recreationally. The court ruling does not prescribe remedies and it is unclear what the consequences will be for future seasons.
Gulf of Mexico Public Comment Open for Red Snapper Reallocation
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is now accepting public comment regarding a proposed red snapper reallocation amendment. In February the Council voted to endorse as its preferred alternative any increases in red snapper quota over 9.12 million pounds to be allocated 75 percent to the recreational sector and 25 percent to the commercial sector. ASA encourages you to comment; now more than ever the sportfishing community needs to show solidarity.
EPA Releases Proposal to Clarify Clean Water Act
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers released a joint proposed rule that would clarify certain protections for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rule would clarify which bodies of water are declared federal and would require permits for certain actions, such as draining and dredging. It restores the protections for conserving fish and wildlife habitat and providing flood control to many wetlands, streams, and lakes. The rule provides practical exclusions based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence for agricultural practices, forestry and mining. Determining which streams and wetlands were protected under the CWA became increasingly complex after two Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006. For almost a decade legislators, state and local officials, industry members, the agricultural community and environmental groups have been seeking this clarification.
Fish Habitat Bill Passes Committee
The Senate’s Environmental and Public Works Committee passed the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act. The Committee has been very supportive in the past for this bill and it now awaits Senate action. The bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senators Cardin (D-MD) and Crapo (R-ID), authorizes the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) – an unprecedented national partnership effort aimed squarely at protecting, restoring and enhancing the nation’s fishery resources and fish habitat. ASA thanks those that took action asking their Senators for co-sponsorship through KeepAmericaFishing.