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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.

IMPORTANT TAKE ACTION ITEMS

  • TAKE ACTION – Sign Up for the July 9 NOAA Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy Webinar
  • TAKE ACTION – Download the Awesome ICAST Mobile App!

Association News

  • ASA Board of Directors Election Results
  • ASA Board of Directors to Meet at ICAST 2014
  • Mike Nussman Reappointed to Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council
  • ASA VP Gordon Robertson Retires From Full-time Work at ASA
  • Liz Ogilvie named KeepAmericaFishing™ Director

ICAST Updates – 6 Days and Counting!

  • Thank You ICAST 2014 Sponsors
  • Online Show Registration is Now Closed
  • Online Housing Reservations is Now Closed
  • We Have a Fantastic Slate of ICAST Speakers and Business Seminars

Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

  • President Obama Seeks to Expand Pacific Marine Monuments
  • Sportfishing Industry Honors President George H. W. Bush’s Conservation Legacy
  • NJ Gov. Christie Seeking Federal Relief for Seismic Testing
  • Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Update
  • NMFS Adjusts Misleading Economic Study
  • Fish Habitat Amendment Filed for Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act
  • National Wildlife Refuge Report Released

2014 Sportfishing Summit

  • We Have a Great 2014 Sportfishing Summit Planned
  • 2014 Sportfishing Summit Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Take Advantage of the Early Bird 2014 Summit Meeting Registration

TAKE ACTION – Sign Up for the July 9 NOAA Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy Webinar

Sign up now for a webinar on the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy. All are welcome to join this webinar on Wednesday, July 9, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm (EDT). If you would like to join the NOAA discussion, please register in advance HERE. Following registration you will receive an email from messenger@webex.com with instructions for connecting to the webinar, as well as the phone number dialing information for the audio portion. If you are unable to join NOAA on Wednesday, you will have another opportunity to participate later in the month when they will host a second webinar on July 28. Also remember, you can view NOAA’s remaining in-person meeting schedule, review past meeting summaries and share your thoughts anytime until September 12, through NOAA’s website.

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TAKE ACTIONDownload the Awesome ICAST Mobile App!

The ICAST mobile app will help make your ICAST experience one of the best ever – all from the palm of your hand. The app has many helpful features that will help exhibitors and attendees alike with content such as maps, events, business sessions and exhibitors. To download the ICAST mobile app to your smart device, visit the ICAST website, www.ICASTfishing.org, and scan the QR code located on the home page to get your app. Or simply download it. Look for ICAST Fishing in your device’s app store. The app is supported by Apple, Android and Blackberry.

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ASA Board of Directors Election Results

Six members of the American Sportfishing Association were elected or re-elected to fill three regional seats and three at-large seats on the Board of Directors. Their terms begin October 1, 2014, and they will serve two-year terms. ASA’s board members may serve three, consecutive two-year terms. Regional seats went to: Great Lakes Region – Kirk Immens, president, Sportco Marketing, Lake in the Hills, Ill. (reelected); Northeast Region – Chris Megan, publisher, On the Water, LLC, East Falmouth, Mass. (reelected); and Northern Plains and Inter-Mountain Region – Donn Schaible, president, Wright & McGill Co., Denver, Colo. (reelected). At-Large seats went to: Dave Pfeiffer, president, Shimano American Corporation, Irvine, Calif. (reelected); Mark Reasoner, SVP and General Manager, North America, Pure Fishing, Columbia, S.C.; and Gary Remensnyder, president, Lew’s Fishing Tackle, Springfield, Mo. Click here for the press release regarding the election results.

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ASA Board of Directors to Meet at ICAST 2014

ASA’s Board of Directors will meet Tuesday, July 15, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center prior to ICAST’s opening day. For more information, contact Joyce Anderson-Logan, x233.

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Mike Nussman Reappointed to Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell reappointed ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman as a member of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council representing recreational fishing industry interests. His appointment is for a two-year term, effective June 3, 2014. The Council is an advisory board that provides guidance to the Secretary of the Interior on issues significant to angling, boating and aquatic resources.

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ASA VP Gordon Robertson Retires From Full-time Work at ASA

After more than four decades of dedicated service to the recreational fishing industry; fisheries resource conservation and management; and advocating on behalf of both, ASA Vice President Gordon Robertson retired from full time work on June 30. Robertson will work part-time through July and August to transition the association’s new KeepAmericaFishing™ Director, Liz Ogilvie, new Policy Fellow and as yet-to-be-named new Government Affairs lead for ASA. Robertson will be at ICAST in Orlando, so please seek him out and wish him well.

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Liz Ogilvie named KeepAmericaFishing™ Director

ASA has hired Elizabeth “Liz” Ogilvie as its new KeepAmericaFishing™ Director. Ogilvie comes to ASA from the World Fishing Network where she coordinated the marketing strategy for the network’s television show line-up with a focus on social media. She spent four years on Trout Unlimited’s national staff working with corporate partners on fundraising and member outreach campaigns. She is also an avid angler and enjoys traveling the world in pursuit of new species. Her most recent trip was fly fishing in Chile’s Patagonia region. Please welcome her to the ASA staff. Her email is eogilvie@asafishing.org, x228.

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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: GoldCrocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; Rapala; and Take Me Fishing™. Silver Chevrolet; 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. The list is current as of July 2014.

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Online Show Registration is Now Closed

Online registration for ICAST 2014 is closed as of Monday, July 7. You can still register onsite at the ICAST Registration Desk located in the Orange County Convention Center starting at noon on Monday, July 14. You can pick up your badges onsite at the Scan and Go Kiosk. We also have dedicated Exhibitor counters at the registration desk. For ICAST exhibitors, all of your booth personnel, including temporary staff, are required to be badged in order to access the show floor. If you have any questions about ICAST registration, you may still contact Experient/ICAST Registration at 301-694-5243.

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Online Housing Reservations is Now Closed

As of Monday, July 7, Experient, our show registration and housing reservations partner, is no longer accepting ICAST hotel reservations. If you are interested in staying at one of the official ICAST hotels you will need to contact the hotel directly. The list of hotels is on the ICAST website in the Exhibitor, Attendee and Media sections.

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We Have a Fantastic Slate of ICAST Speakers and Business Seminars

This year’s business sessions schedule is better than ever with experts in their fields coming to Orlando to help you improve your business. The ICAST/IFTD business seminars cover a wide range of topics that will help you increase your business knowledge and improve your employees’ and customers’ experiences. All seminars are held during show hours in room 209A, in the Orange County Convention Center. All seminars are complimentary for badged ICAST and IFTD attendees and exhibitors. To make planning easier, click here to link to the business sessions web page on www.ICASTfishing.org.

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President Obama Seeks to Expand Pacific Marine Monuments

On June 17, President Obama announced his intent through Executive Order to unilaterally expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean. Under President Obama’s proposal, this monument, which was first established by President George W. Bush on January 6, 2009, would grow from almost 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles. Under current regulations, recreational fishing is allowed within the monument with a permit and logbook requirement. It is unclear whether existing regulations would carry over into the expanded areas. From Bush’s first Executive Order to now, ASA is concerned with the precedent of closing or restricting public waters from the enjoyment of the American public, particularly when bypassing long-standing environmental review and public comment processes.

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Sportfishing Industry Honors President George H. W. Bush’s Conservation Legacy

On June 17, ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman and several of the nation’s sportfishing industry and fisheries conservation leaders met with former President George H. W. Bush to honor his lifelong efforts to conserve our nation’s fisheries and their habitat. The delegation, led by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, met with Bush at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine, a week after Bush celebrated his 90th birthday. Nussman presented the former president with the inaugural KeepAmericaFishing™ Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of the recreational fishing industry and our nation’s 60 million anglers. The award, named for the former president, recognizes Bush’s leadership and lifelong personal commitment to recreational fishing and the conservation of our nation’s fisheries and wetlands.

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NJ Gov. Christie Seeking Federal Relief for Seismic Testing

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is seeking injunctive relief in federal court to prevent a Rutgers University study involving oceanic seismic testing off of the coast of New Jersey. The study, which is scheduled to start next month, would send blasts of sound waves every 5 seconds, 24 hours a day for 30 days in an effort to map the ocean floor off the New Jersey coast. The study area is 230 square miles and would disturb thirty five species of fish that are vital to both the recreational and commercial industries, interrupt the peak sportfishing time of year and be located on top of prime recreational fishing areas.

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Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Update

As further evidence of the need for an overhaul of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has tabled the discussion on addressing the inequitable allocation of red snapper. Instead, the Council will proceed with considering a controversial proposal to subdivide the recreational fishing community into private angling and federal for-hire sectors. ASA continues to support a comprehensive solution to the red snapper management crisis, including through the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Management and Conservation Act reauthorization.

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NMFS Adjusts Misleading Economic Study

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has taken steps to correct its “Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012” report that misleadingly indicated that the domestic commercial fishing industry in the United States was significantly larger than the recreational fishing industry. When imported seafood, which is not regulated or managed by NMFS, is removed from the equation, the corrected data show that the recreational fishing industry is actually $7.9 billion dollars larger than the commercial fishing industry. Furthermore, the corrected data show that the domestic commercial fishing industry actually decreased by $2.3 billion in 2012. The agency released a web query that allows individuals to remove imports and generate an accurate report on their own ASA along with the Center for Coastal Conservation, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the International Game Fish Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association met recently with agency officials to request the correction.

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Fish Habitat Amendment Filed for Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act

On June 26, Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) filed the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act as a floor amendment for the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014. The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 was scheduled for Senate floor debate on July 8. At this time Senate leadership has not indicated if they will allow amendments to the Sportsmen’s Act.  If the National Fish Habitat Conservation amendment is included the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act will include a strong angler focused piece and an equally strong habitat piece.

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National Wildlife Refuge Report Released

The Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) released “America’s National Wildlife Refuges: Home for Wildlife, Haven for Wildlife Enthusiasts” which outlines the tremendous benefits that wildlife refuges provide. According to the report, not only do refuges conserve habitat for future generations but they are an economic powerhouse for the United States. For every $1 appropriated to the refuge system there is a $4.87 return to local economies. Refuges also provide over 35,000 jobs across the country. The report also warns that if the federal budget for refuges is cut not only will refuges in all regions of the United States be negatively affected but so will local economies.

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We Have a Great 2014 Sportfishing Summit Planned

The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) 2014 Sportfishing Summit will be held October 15-17, at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas. We know that attending the Summit is a commitment, but it is one of the best business investments that you, as an ASA member, can make. It’s the industry’s best networking venue and you’ll hear information during the Summit you may not hear anywhere else from experts in their fields, both inside and outside the industry. We encourage you to attend the board of directors and committee meetings in order to gain a better understanding the role that ASA plays in ensuring our industry’s future. For more information, go to www.ASAfishing.org/summit2014.

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2014 Sportfishing Summit Sponsorship Opportunities

Build name recognition and make a statement to the leaders of the sportfishing industry by sponsoring an event during ASA’s premier business and networking event, the 2014 Sportfishing Summit, being held October 15-17, at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas. Please contact Membership Director Jill Calabria for more information or call (703) 519-9691, x234.

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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 sportfishing industry’s 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. Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Hotel Contessa. The Sportfishing Summit housing and pre-registration deadlines are Friday, September 19, 2014.

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