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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 left hand navigation under the specific topic area to access additional information.

For more information contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, (703) 519-9691, x227.

Make an Impact on Conservation

FishAmerica Foundation Joins the Ranks of AmazonSmile Non-Profit Organizations

The FishAmerica Foundation is proud to announce is its affiliation with AmazonSmile which allows Amazon shoppers to support FishAmerica at no additional cost to you.
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FishAmerica Foundation Launches a New Website

This month, the FishAmerica Foundation, the sportfishing industry’s fisheries conservation and habitat restoration foundation, launched a brand-new website, www.FishAmerica.org.
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Industry and Association News

How do you Pitch It?

We’re not talking about your casting technique – we’re talking trash!
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90 Days to ICAST 2015

Thank You ICAST 2015 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors.
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TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2015

If you attended ICAST 2014, you should have received an email from Experient, our registration company, with your 2014 user name and password, which you’ll need to start the ICAST 2015 registration process.
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TAKE ACTION – Mark Your Calendar for ICAST On the Water

ICAST On the Water, presented in partnership with Fishing Tackle Retailer, is the first, annual event for ICAST exhibitors to demonstrate their products for dealers and media representatives.
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TAKE ACTION – Purchase Your Tickets Now for the Opening Night Concert with Easton Corbin

ICAST and the World Fishing Network are kicking up the energy level this year with a Tuesday night concert featuring country music star Easton Corbin!
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TAKE ACTION – Register for the ICAST Cup Industry Bass Fishing Tournament

ICAST, in partnership with FLW, will pair professional anglers with invited media representatives and other industry professionals for a morning of product demonstrations and networking.
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TAKE ACTION – Register Now for the Bass & Birdies Classic

The Bass & Birdies Classic, presented by ICAST and Florida Sportsman, is the second, annual golf tournament and fishing competition which occurs prior the day before ICAST opens.
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TAKE ACTION – Purchase Your ICAST State of the Industry Breakfast Tickets

The State of the Industry Breakfast is one of the most important business events for our industry.
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TAKE ACTION – Download the ICAST Mobile App

The ICAST Mobile App, introduced last year, will help buyers and media to target their show floor experience all from the palm of their hands.
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The New Product Showcase Preview Reception

Only registered buyers and individuals with Media-Editorial badges are eligible to vote in the New Product Showcase preview reception, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, being held Tuesday, July 14, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the New Product Showcase in the convention center.
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Experient, Inc. is the Official Housing Partner of ICAST 2015

Please be aware that there are a number of housing companies who may contact you and misrepresent themselves as agents for ICAST 2015 offering discounted rates at various Orlando hotels.
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Follow ICAST on Twitter and Facebook

Our Facebook and Twitter followers are growing by the day.
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Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

Sportfishing Community Leaders Support States’ Plan for Gulf Red Snapper

A plan released by the directors of the state fish and wildlife agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas for state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper has received tremendous support from the recreational fishing community.
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Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Update

After failed attempts in the previous two sessions, Congress is once again working toward passage of a package of bills supported by the hunting and angling community, known as the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.
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Obama Administration Proposes Transportation Bill Reauthorization

The Obama Administration sent its six-year, $478 billion “Grow America Act,” which would reauthorize the Federal Highway Trust Fund, to Congress on March 30.
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Gillnet Removal on the Columbia River

On March 19, the Oregon Court of Appeals cleared the way for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to continue implementing a bi-state plan to remove non-tribal gillnets from the main stem of the Columbia River, a decisive step forward in a long-running battle waged by conservationists to ban the destructive commercial fishing gear.
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NOAA Expands Two California Marine Sanctuaries

Two years after Obama’s announcement, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finalized the expansion of the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank sanctuaries to twice their size.
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NOAA Forms West Coast Recreational Fisheries Team

NOAA Fisheries has created a new team to lead an engagement effort on marine recreational fisheries issues along the West Coast.
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Pacific Forage Fish Ban Benefits Sportfish and Conservation

The Pacific Fishery Management Council made a motion this month to protect forage fish, which form the basis of many recreational species’ diets.
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