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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.

2014 Sportfishing Summit

  • We Have a Great 2014 Sportfishing Summit Planned
  • The Summit Features Two Outstanding Keynote Speakers
  • Take Advantage of the Early Bird 2014 Summit Meeting Registration
  • New Registration Option Available in 2014
  • Making Housing Reservations at the Hotel Contessa
  • Traveling to the Hotel
  • Parking at the Hotel Contessa
  • Committee and Board of Directors Meetings

ICAST 2014 Updates

  • ICAST is the World’s Largest Sportfishing Trade Show
  • Thank You ICAST 2014 Sponsors
  • All the Best of ICAST is on ICAST-TV
  • Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2015
  • The New Product Showcase 2014 “Best of Show” Awards
  • ICAST 2014 State of the Industry Breakfast
  • Social Media and the ICAST Mobile App Are a Fantastic Duo
  • Doug Olander Receives POMA/ASA Fishing Communicator of the Year Award

Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

  • Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Listening Sessions
  • Public Comment Open on ORV Plan at Cape Lookout
  • EPA Takes Steps to Protect Bristol Bay
  • Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Fails Again

We Have a Great 2014 Sportfishing Summit Planned

The 2014 Sportfishing Summit will be held October 15-17, at the Hotel Contessa located on the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas. Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance. For all the 2014 Sportfishing Summit information, go to www.ASAfishing.org/summit2014. Check the website often for updates.

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The Summit Features Two Outstanding Keynote Speakers

As usual, we have a full agenda planned. On Wednesday, we’ll focus on how politics, policies and data impact our industry and your business. Charlie Cook, probably the most trusted voice of American politics, will kick off the general sessions with a look at the current political landscape and the November elections. On Thursday, the theme is “future forward.” Jack Uldrich, global futurist, kicks off the afternoon with a look at the trends that are transforming business with an emphasis on recreational fishing. We also have two panels of industry leaders who will look at trends impacting outdoor recreation and what their companies are doing to entice buyers in the future.

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Take Advantage of the Early Bird 2014 Summit Meeting Registration

Please take advantage of the pre-registration and room block rates and reserve your spot now for the annual business meeting. After September 19, on-site rates apply. Your Summit registration form may be faxed, mailed or emailed to ASA. Please see the instructions on the registration form. The Sportfishing Summit housing and pre-registration deadlines are Friday, September 19, 2014. For more information about Summit registration, please contact Membership Director Jill Calabria, x234.

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New Registration Option Available in 2014

We are offering discounted registration fees for multiple people from the same company or organization. The discounted fee is $100 less than the first, pre-registration fee. For example, the pre-registration rate is $350 for the first ASA member and $250 for each additional person. The Sportfishing Summit housing and pre-registration deadlines are Friday, September 19, 2014.

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Making Housing Reservations at the Hotel Contessa

Please make your reservations directly with the Hotel Contessa. The amenity fee is waived for Summit attendees. Two room options are available: A City View Room is $149 plus tax; a River View Room is $169 plus tax. Rates are guaranteed until Friday, September 19, 2014. Housing requests received after the deadline will be assigned based upon room and rate availability. You may extend your Summit room rate for check-out on Sunday, October 19, if you would like to stay and take advantage of all that San Antonio has to offer.
Making Reservation By Phone – Call the reservations line at 866-435-0900 and request the group rate for the ASA/Sportfishing Summit.
Making Online Reservations – Use the ASA/Summit online registration link for the Hotel Contessa, which can be found on the ASA website at www.ASAfishing.org/summit2014.

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Traveling to the Hotel

The airport closest to the resort is the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) which is located approximately 10 miles from the hotel. The hotel does not offer shuttle service.
Cab service is always available. If you are interested in arranging shuttle service, please contact GO Airport Shuttle at 844-787-1670 or email info@goairportshuttle.com. Their website is: http://goairportshuttle.com/san_antonio_international_sat_airport_shuttle.

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Parking at the Hotel Contessa

The Hotel Contessa offers valet parking priced at $15/day or $30/overnight with in and out privileges. There are also a variety of parking garages around the downtown area, including one located on Market Street about a block from the hotel that is priced around $15/day with no in and out privileges. Please call the hotel at 210-229-9222 if you have any questions regarding parking during your stay.

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Committee and Board of Directors Meetings

During the 2014 Sportfishing Summit, ASA’s Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, October 14, from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Friday, October 17, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. ASA’s program committees will meet on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Please click here for the board and committee meetings schedule. The exception is the Advocacy Committee which meets on Tuesday, October 14, from noon – 2:15 p.m.

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ICAST is the World’s Largest Sportfishing Trade Show

From every corner of the globe, 11,000 exhibitors, buyers and media converged on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) for the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show. Held July 15-18, the 57th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is the global showcase for the latest innovations in gear, accessories, apparel and other products and gear for the novice and avid angler, including boating accessories and apparel and boats, such as kayaks. In addition, close to 1,000 people representing a wide-range of outlets, including print, video, Internet and social media, were at the OCCC to cover the exhibits and products offered by 480 exhibitors on a show floor that covered the 500,000 gross square feet.

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Thank You ICAST 2014 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2014 sponsors are: Gold Crocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; Rapala; and Take Me Fishing™. SilverChevrolet; Columbia Sportswear; Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing; Gemini Custom Apparel; In-Fisherman; Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corp; and Marolina Outdoors, Inc./Spanish Fly.  BronzeBeyond Coastal; Buck Knives; Chums; Classic Fishing Products, Inc.; DeLorme; FLW, LLC; Glo-Pro Lures; K.B. White Company; L & L Outdoor Products; M-80 Marine Products; NuCanoe, Inc.; and Sunsect, Inc.

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All the Best of ICAST is on ICAST-TV

From the show floor, to the New Product Showcase, to the State of the Industry Breakfast, to the “Best of Show” awards presentations, ICAST-TV's daily recaps are high energy and very entertaining. Get the bird’s eye view, and a few other views, of this year's record setting show. Watch all of the highlights from each day on ICAST-TV, available on the ICAST website – www.ICASTfishing.org – and on YouTube.

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Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2015

Please mark your calendars for ICAST 2015 – July 14-17, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

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The New Product Showcase 2014 “Best of Show” Awards

Making up a special section of ICAST’s show floor, the New Product Showcase provides unique visibility for the latest innovations in sportfishing gear and accessories. The submitted products competed in 24 product categories for the “Best of Show” along with the overall “Best of Show” award. This year more than 700 products were entered by 253 exhibiting companies. This year, Johnson Outdoors Watercraft Predator XL was voted by buyers and media as the most innovative product in the ICAST 2014 New Product Showcase Boat category and, ultimately, the overall “Best of Show.” The awards were presented on Wednesday, July 16, during the Chairman’s Industry Awards reception, sponsored by Rapala, which was held in the Orange County Convention Center. Click here to view the images and product descriptions for all the 2014 New Product Showcase “Best of Show” winners.

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ICAST 2014 State of the Industry Breakfast

More than 600 people attended the ICAST 2014 State of the Industry Breakfast, which officially kicks off the start of the show. Breakfast attendees heard from ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman, ASA Board of Directors Chairman Gregg Wollner, executive vice president, Rapala, and Frank Peterson, president and CEO, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, about the challenges and opportunities facing the recreational fishing industry. Florida Governor Rick Scott was a special guest. He welcomed everyone to Florida and to Orlando. Keynote speaker, ESPN’s college football analyst, Lee Corso, highlighted the importance of teamwork and sticking with personal integrity no matter what. To read comments, please click on the following documents: ASA Board of Directors Chairman Gregg Wollner’s Remarks (PDF) and ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman’s Remarks (PDF).

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Social Media and the ICAST Mobile App Are a Fantastic Duo

From exhibitors to buyers to media, social media really amped up its presence during ICAST 2014. Everyone embraced social media to talk about the show. Using Facebook, Twitter (#ICASTshow), company and media websites and personal and media blogs, information, images and video about the show were everywhere. That only helps to set the stage, and the anticipation level, for ICAST 2015 being held July 14-17, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. In addition, the new ICAST Mobile App is a popular way to enhance and expand the show experience. Download the app from your app store by looking for ICAST Fishing. It’s supported by iPhone and Android.

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Doug Olander Receives POMA/ASA Fishing Communicator
of the Year Award

During ICAST, the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and ASA presented its prestigious Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award to outdoor journalist, author and mentor Doug Olander. The POMA/ASA Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award recognizes a journalist who exemplifies the spirit and dedication to fishing as displayed by outdoor journalist legend Homer Circle during his storied career. Since 1995, Olander has served as editor-in-chief for Sport Fishing, one of the world’s leading saltwater fishing publications and multi-channel content providers. Olander has been honored with numerous other awards of excellence from BoatU.S., several international, regional and state writers’ organizations and the Florida Magazine Association. Doug has served as a representative for the International Game Fish Association since 1985, and has held a number of all-tackle and line-class world records.

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Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Listening Sessions

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has released dates for listening sessions, which will address the controversial proposal to subdivide the recreational fishing community into private angling and federal for-hire sectors. We urge all ASA members, private anglers and anyone who has an interest in this topic or the red snapper fishery to attend and voice their concerns over the separation of private angling and federal for-hire sectors. For a list of meetings please visit the KeepAmericaFishing website.

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Public Comment Open on ORV Plan at Cape Lookout

The National Park Service announced the release of their new Draft Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina. The draft management plan evaluates if ORV use at Cape Lookout will be allowed to continue and considers five alternatives to manage ORV and pedestrian access. ORV access to Cape Lookout National Seashore is essential for surf fishing from the beaches. This NPS brochure outlines how each alternative would restrict ORV and pedestrian access at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Public comments are being accepted until September 4.

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EPA Takes Steps to Protect Bristol Bay

In a move lauded by ASA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken steps to protect the Bristol Bay ecosystem from the proposed Pebble Mine. The EPA’s new proposal will place advanced restrictions on mining activities throughout the Bristol Bay area, limiting the negative impacts of a mine. The EPA based their proposal on studying Pebble Mine’s own proposal and concluded that a copper mine even a fraction of the proposed size would have detrimental effects to the ecosystem.

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Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Fails Again

The U.S. Senate killed the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 when it failed to pass a vote that would have moved the bill forward. After 81 amendments were offered to the bill, many of which were not supported by the sporting community or germane to the original bill, the vote reflected the partisan animosity of the mid-year elections. The failure had nothing to do with the merits of the bill and much to do with mid-term elections this year.  Go to KeepAmericaFishing.org for a more detailed explanation.

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