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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.

Industry News

Condolences to the Cordell Family

Legendary lure maker Carl Richey “Cotton” Cordell, Jr. passed away on January 6, 2015, at the age of 86.
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KeepAmericaFishing® Wants Anglers to Pledge to Pitch It!

Soft plastic lures – a staple in every angler’s tackle box – could be banned from being sold and used in Maine.
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ICAST 2015

Visit ICASTfishing.org for Up to Date Info

Please take a few minutes to explore the information available on the ICAST website for exhibitors, media and other show attendees.
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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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Consumer Shows

ASA/Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Exposition 2015 Show Schedule

The ASA/Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Exposition 2015 consumer show schedule is as follows: Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Exposition, January 29 – February 1, Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, Illinois; The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow, February 26 – March 1, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Oaks, Pennsylvania; World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition, March 5 – March 8, Rockland Community College Field House, Suffern, New York; and The Saltwater Fishing Expo, March 20 – 22, Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, New Jersey.
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Stay in Touch with Our Consumer Shows

The ASA/Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Expositions have social media covered!
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Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

Cape Hatteras Fishing Access Gets a Second Chance

Last December, President Obama signed into law legislation that will restore reasonable public access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area in North Carolina, one of the premier surf fishing locations in the United States.
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Traditional Lead Fishing Tackle Protected By Law

Last December, President Obama signed into law a provision to prohibit federal funds from being used to regulate lead fishing tackle and ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).
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Update on Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine

Last December, President Obama used his authority under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to withdrawal Alaska’s Bristol Bay from oil or gas exploration, development, or production.
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ASA Testifies at Cape Lookout Hearing

Last December, a hearing was held within the North Carolina House of Representatives to explore the potential economic impacts of a proposed off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan at Cape Lookout National Seashore.
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House Passes Great Lakes Restoration Bill

Last December, the House voted, to extend the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative another five years at $300 million annually.
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Data and Statistics Updates

Did You Know? Facts about Recreational Fishing

There are approximately 60 million anglers in the U.S. of which 46 million are estimated to fish in a given year.
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