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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.

Our Condolences to the Posey Family

The members and staff of the American Sportfishing Association extend our heartfelt condolences to Mary Ellen (we know her as Mary) Posey and her family on the passing of industry icon, Richard “Dick” Posey.
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IMPORTANT TAKE ACTION ITEMS

TAKE ACTION – Friday, June 12, is the ICAST Pre-Registration Deadline

ICAST pre-registration rates apply if you register by Friday, June 12. After June 12, onsite badge rates apply.
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TAKE ACTION – Purchase Your Tickets for the Easton Corbin Concert

One of the main attractions on this year’s show schedule is the Opening Night Kick-off Concert with Easton Corbin presented by World Fishing Network and ICAST.
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TAKE ACTION – Industry Breakfast Tickets are Going Quickly!

The Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley is this year’s keynote speaker for the State of the Industry Breakfast.
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TAKE ACTION – You Don’t Want to Miss ICAST On the Water!

ICAST On the Water, presented in partnership with Fishing Tackle Retailer, is the first, annual event for ICAST exhibitors to demonstrate their products for dealers and media representatives.
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TAKE ACTION – Register Now for the Bass & Birdies Classic

The Bass & Birdies Classic, presented by ICAST and Florida Sportsman, is the second, annual golf tournament and fishing competition which occurs prior the day before ICAST opens.
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TAKE ACTION – Register Now for the ICAST Cup Bass Fishing Tournament

ICAST, in partnership with FLW, will pair professional anglers with invited media representatives and other industry professionals for a morning of product demonstrations and networking.
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Association News

ASA Hires Manager for Keep Florida Fishing Initiative

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Gary Jennings, a life-long, avid angler and boater, has joined the ASA staff as the Manager of the Keep Florida Fishing initiative.
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Fishing License Sales Increased in 2013

According to data released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of people who bought fishing licenses in 2013 increased 1.9 percent over 2012 levels.
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Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week!

National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating, takes place the first full week of June every year.
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ICAST Updates – 33 Days and Counting!

Thank You ICAST 2015 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors.
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ICAST 2015 Show Highlights and Events

In addition to the aisles of amazing gear, apparel and accessories, ICAST is also host to special events and show floor destinations that should be on everyone’s “must do” list.
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Download the ICAST Mobile App

The ICAST Mobile App, introduced last year, helps buyers and media target their show floor experience all from the palm of their hands.
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Voting for the New Product Showcase Best of Show Awards

Only registered buyers and individuals with Media-Editorial badges are eligible to vote for the Best of Show awards in the New Product Showcase.
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Follow ICAST on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are three great ways to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at ICAST.
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KeepAmericaFishing Updates

The Angling Community Comes Together to Bring Home a Win

KeepAmericaFishing® would like to thank all its angler advocates who got involved in the effort to pass H.R. 1335 – a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation's marine fisheries.
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An Added Bonus from Country Singer James Wesley

James Wesley and Calcutta are donating a portion of his new song, Hooked Up – available on iTunes – to KeepAmericaFishing®.
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Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

Public Locked Out of Biscayne National Park

On June 5, the National Park Service announced its final General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park.
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House Passes MSA Reauthorization Bill

On June 1, the House passed H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation’s marine fisheries.
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Rubio Introduces MSA Reauthorization Bill in the Senate

On May 20, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) reintroduced the Florida Fisheries Improvement Act, S. 2824 a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.
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Highway Bill Stopgap is Temporary Relief for Sportfish Funding

Obama signed a bill on May 29, to extend the Federal Highway Trust Fund for two months until Congress develops a long-term authorization plan.
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RESTORE Money for Gulf Restoration Finalized

In early May, NOAA finalized its plans for reparation money to restore the Gulf of Mexico Coast in the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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House Introduces Sportsmen's Package

On May 20, House Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus leadership introduced the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015 (HR 2406).
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EPA Proposes Renewable Fuel Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on May 29, proposed long-anticipated renewable volume obligations (RVO) in compliance with the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.
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New Management Measures for Menhaden

In May, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to increase catch limits and develop an ecosystem-based management plan for menhaden, an essential food source for recreational fisheries.
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Three Federal Hatcheries Get Permanent Funding Solution

There is now a permanent funding solution for three regional trout hatcheries in Tennessee and Georgia.
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National Fish Habit Partnership Names Top 10 Projects

The National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) named 10 grassroots projects in its “Waters to Watch” for exceptional projects restoring fish habitat that have a positive impact on communities and their economies.
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