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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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NOAA Unveils the First National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy

On February 12, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled a national saltwater recreational fishing policy which was greeted enthusiastically by sportfishing and boating leaders.
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Sportfishing Industry Applauds Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Introduction

On February 5, Senate leaders unveiled a reenergized Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 – S. 405.
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Condolences to the Buck Family

Chuck Buck, the third generation behind Buck Knives and most recently chairman of the company that was originally based in El Cajon, Calif., for almost four decades, passed away this month in Idaho, where the company is now based.
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ICAST 2015

The ICAST WOW Factor Just Got BIGGER!

Tuesday, July 14, is packed with new events.
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TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2015

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the world’s largest fishing trade show! Registration is open for ICAST 2015 taking place July 14 – 17, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
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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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Please Welcome Our New Trade Show Coordinator

Please welcome Nicole Froats to the ASA staff as the new Trade Show Coordinator.
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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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ICAST and IFTD are Co-Locating Again in Orlando

ICAST and IFTD are again co-locating at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
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ICAST 2015 Sponsorships Are Available

An ICAST sponsorship is an effective way to highlight your company’s name in front of the global sportfishing community.
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Keep Up With the Show

Keep up with show information at www.ICASTfishing.org, on Twitter @ICASTshow and #icastshow, and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ICASTfishing.
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Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

New E15 Legislation Introduced into House

On February 4, Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) along with 34 original cosponsors announced the introduction of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act of 2015 – H.R. 704.
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Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves State Harvest Reduction Plan

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board approved implementation plans and conservation equivalency proposals for all the states and jurisdictions regarding 2015 striped bass regulations.
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NMFS Proposed Changes to Management Guidelines

On January 21, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed changes to the National Standard Guidelines used for the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the primary law governing saltwater fisheries management in federal waters.
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New Jersey Governor Christie Proposes Compromise on Commercial Gear on Artificial Reefs

The Christie Administration proposed a rule to address fixed commercial fishing gear on artificial reefs in state waters.
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Sportfishing Industry Supports State Management of Gulf Red Snapper

ASA, along with other leaders in the recreational fishing and boating community, joined a letter supporting S. 105, a bill sponsored by Senator Vitter (R-La.) that would transfer management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper to the five Gulf states.
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Florida Governor Recommends $1.6 Billion for Natural Resource Funding

Governor Scott released his “Keep Florida Working” budget proposal in January.
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