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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 and Association News

ASA Appoints New Government Affairs Vice President

The American Sportfishing Association is pleased to announce that Scott Gudes, an acknowledged bipartisan Government Affairs expert and life-long, avid angler and boater, has joined the ASA staff as Vice President for Government Affairs.
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American Sportfishing Association March Board Meeting

The next ASA board of directors meeting will be held March 25, at the ASA offices in Alexandria, Va.
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Our Condolences to the David Hall Family

David Hall, founder and chairman of David Hall Publishing, recently passed away after a long illness.
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Sportfishing’s Trade Show is a Member of the “Fastest 50 Class of 2014”

ICAST has earned three top rankings on Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) annual Fastest 50 list.
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ASA’s New National Campaign Asks Anglers to Pledge to Pitch It

The recreational fishing industry, through KeepAmericaFishing®, its grassroots angler advocacy campaign, is asking anglers to add their worn out soft plastic baits to their recycling list.
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FishAmerica Foundation Receives $125,000 Donation

The FishAmerica Foundation (FAF) is, once again, the recipient of a generous donation from the American Snuff Company (ASC).
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RBFF to Expand Its Vamos A Pescar Campaign

Following successful pilot campaigns in Florida and Texas, RBFF will increase the reach of its Vamos A Pescar™ campaign in 2015 to California, Illinois and New York.
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The 2015 Top 100 Family-Friendly Spots for Fishing and Boating

We’re helping our friends at Take Me Fishing™ with their mission to identify the 2015 Top 100 Family-Friendly Spots for Fishing and Boating, and we all need your help!
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ASA Supports the American Boating Congress

On May 11-13, 2015, in Washington D.C., ASA will join a broad group of co-hosts to support the American Boating Congress.
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ICAST 2015 Updates

Thank You ICAST 2015 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors.
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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!
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Opening Night Concert with Country Music’s Rising Star Easton Corbin!

WFN and ICAST are kicking up the energy level this year with a Tuesday night concert featuring country music up-and-comer, Easton Corbin!
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The ICAST and FLW ICAST Cup Bass Fishing Tournament

FLW, in partnership with ICAST, will pair professional anglers with invited media representatives and other industry professionals for a morning of product demonstrations and networking.
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ICAST and Florida Sportsman 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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The ICAST State of the Industry Breakfast

The State of the Industry Breakfast is one of the most important business events for our industry.
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The New Product Showcase Preview Reception

Only registered buyers and individuals with Media-Editorial badges are eligible to vote in the New Product Showcase preview reception, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, being held Tuesday, July 14, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the New Product Showcase in the convention center.
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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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Follow ICAST on Twitter and Facebook

Our Facebook and Twitter followers are growing by the day.
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Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

Gulf States Unveil Solution to Red Snapper Management

In a move long awaited by the recreational fishing and boating community, the directors of the fish and wildlife agencies in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an agreement for state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper.
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Supreme Court Upholds Florida's Net Ban

Florida’s Supreme Court has denied a petition by the Wakulla Fishermen’s Association and upheld the state’s gill net ban that was approved as a state constitutional amendment by 72 percent of voters in 1994.
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Biscayne National Park Fishing Closure Remains Possibility

Despite strong opposition from the recreational fishing community and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Park Service continues to push for an unacceptable plan to close roughly 10,500 acres of Biscayne National Park’s most popular and productive shallow water reefs to recreational fishing.
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Legislation Introduced to Repeal Ethanol Requirements

On February 26, Sen. Toomey (R-Pa.) along with Sens. Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced S. 577 – the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015.
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House and Senate Bills Take Aim at Asian Carp

The Defending Our Great Lakes Act, new legislation introduced by Sen. Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Miller (D-Mich.), focuses on combatting invasive species spread, specifically Asian carp.
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