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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.

It’s Time for the 2015 Sportfishing Summit!

We Have a Great 2015 Sportfishing Summit Planned!

The 2015 Sportfishing Summit will be held October 20-22, at the Lowes Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Fla.
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Thank you 2015 Sportfishing Summit Partners!

The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2015 Sportfishing Summit
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The Sportfishing Summit is Great Investment in Your Business

The Sportfishing Summit is the only venue where people representing the entire sportfishing community come together to discuss a wide range of issues and events that effect sportfishing’s future.
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The Summit Features Two Outstanding Keynote Speakers

As usual, we have a full agenda planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Check Out the Current Sportfishing Summit Agenda

Here is very brief overview of this year’s agenda. Click here for the full agenda including board and committee meetings.
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Take Advantage of the Early Bird 2015 Summit Meeting Registration

Please take advantage of the pre-registration and room block rates and reserve your spot now the annual business meeting.
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Making Housing Reservations at the Lowes Don Cesar Hotel

The American Sportfishing Association’s group block is now available for guests to reserve their rooms.
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Traveling to the Lowes Don Cesar Hotel

The address for the Lowes Don Cesar Hotel is 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, Fla. 33706, (727) 360-1881.
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Parking at the Lowes Don Cesar Hotel

For registered guests, the Lowes Don Cesar Hotel offers valet parking priced at $23/day or self-parking at $10/day.
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ICAST 2015 Highlights

ICAST is Bigger Than Ever!

From exhibitors to buyers to outdoor media, almost 13,000 representatives of the global sportfishing community converged on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., July 14-17, for the world’s largest sportfishing trade show.
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Thank You ICAST 2015 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors.
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All the Best of ICAST is on ICAST-TV

From the show floor, to the New Product Showcase, to ICAST On the Water, to the Bass & Birdies Classic golf tournament, to the ICAST Cup Bass Fishing Tournament, to the State of the Industry Breakfast, to the “Best of Show” awards presentations to the Kick-Off Concert, ICAST-TV's 2015 daily recaps were high energy and very entertaining. Get the bird’s eye view, and a few other views, of this year's record setting show.
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Relive Your Favorite Moments – View the ICAST 2015 Photo Gallery

All the best moments from ICAST 2015 are available for viewing on the ICAST website at www.ICASTfishing.org under the main menu item – Conference and Events – 2015 Show Highlights.
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The New Product Showcase 2015 “Best of Show” Awards

The New Product Showcase provides unique visibility for the latest innovations in sportfishing gear and accessories.
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ICAST 2015 State of the Industry Breakfast

More than 500 people attended the ICAST 2015 State of the Industry Breakfast, which officially kicks off the start of the show.
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ICAST On the Water

ICAST On the Water, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, the first, annual event for ICAST exhibitors to demonstrate their products for dealers and media representatives, was deemed to be a success.
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Opening Night Concert with Easton Corbin!

The World Fishing Network and ICAST really kicked up the energy level this year with the Tuesday night concert featuring country music star, Easton Corbin.
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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 2015.
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The Bass & Birdies Classic Golf Tournament

The Bass & Birdies Classic, the second, annual golf tournament presented by ICAST and Florida Sportsman, was also deemed a success.
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KeepAmericaFishing Update

Put It On The Map

Recycling soft plastic baits, while not a new practice, is only now gaining steam as a viable way to handle them once you’re done fishing.
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Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

Bait and Tackle Shops Have Big Community Impact Concludes NOAA Study

A new NOAA Fisheries study demonstrates the economic importance of independent dealers.
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Legislation Introduced to Preserve Fishing Access in Biscayne National Park

On the heels of the recent announcement to close more than 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park in southeast Florida to fishing, a coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3310, that will help stop this and similar unwarranted fishing closures from occurring.
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Sportsmen’s Conservation Package Introduced in the House

With support from both sides of the aisle, the four House Sportsmen’s Caucus leaders, Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), introduced the “Sportsmen’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act,” or SCORE Act (HR 3173), in the 114th Congress.
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House Bill Makes Push for State Control of Gulf Red Snapper

On July 16, Reps. Garrett Graves (R-La.) and Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) plus 20 bipartisan cosponsors introduced the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Bill (HR 3094).
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North Carolina Sea Turtle Lawsuit Turned Down

A federal Judge dismissed a lawsuit by the North Carolina Fisheries Association demanding that the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries either abandon all incidental take permits regarding sea turtles or shut down recreational fishing until a similar plan can be applied to hook-and-line anglers.
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House Bill Would Help Curb Lionfish Invasion

Rep. Curt Clawson, along with five other Florida representatives, introduced legislation (HR 3202) on August 4, to stop the spread of invasive lionfish in the state’s coastal waters.
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FishAmerica Foundation Funds Fisheries Science Research

The FishAmerica Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund (SSFFF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve fishing access to summer flounder.
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