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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.

ASA VP Gordon Robertson To Retire June 30

IMPORTANT TAKE ACTION ITEMS

  • TAKE ACTION – Join Us for KeepAmericaFishing™ Day
  • TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2014 and Housing
  • TAKE ACTION – Purchase Your State of the Industry Breakfast Tickets

ICAST 2014

  • Welcome to our New Trade Show Coordinator
  • Thank You ICAST Sponsors
  • Download the Awesome ICAST Mobile App
  • Follow ICAST on Twitter and Facebook
  • ICAST 2014 Show Highlights and Events
  • ICAST 2014 Business Seminars Conference

Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

  • Sportfishing Community Requests Corrected NOAA Economics Report
  • ASA Opposes NOAA Lab Closure
  • Johnny Morris and Scott Deal Honored for Marine Fisheries Advocacy
  • Senate Commerce Committee Passes Wallop-Breaux Bill
  • Washington State Natural Resource Agency Settles Lawsuit
  • Fish Habitat Bill Gains Co-Sponsor
  • Nominate an Outstanding Fisheries Conservation Project

Data and Statistics

  • 2012 Fishing License Sales Virtually Unchanged from 2011
  • About AnglerSurvey.com

ASA VP Gordon Robertson To Retire June 30

After 43 of dedicated service to the recreational fishing industry; fisheries resource conservation and management; and advocating on behalf of both, American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Vice President Gordon Robertson will retire as of June 30, 2014. Since joining ASA in 2002 as Vice President and lead for Government Affairs, Gordon has been a crucial advocate for fisheries conservation and management, representing the recreational fishing industry with federal and state government agencies and policymakers responsible for resource management. For all his accomplishments, and there are many, there is one program which Gordon acknowledges has given him the most satisfaction over the years. For the past 12 years, through ASA’s Everett Hames Policy Fellowship, Gordon has mentored natural resources professionals who are just beginning their careers. These Policy Fellows have worked alongside Gordon in ASA’s Government Affairs department as he mentored them and provided them with many opportunities to interact with a broad spectrum of policymakers. The six Policy Fellows are currently working in federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations. Although his official retirement date is June 30, Gordon will continue to work with ASA staff and the industry through August. He will be attending ICAST this July in Orlando, Fla. Please click here for Gordon’s retirement announcement.

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TAKE ACTION – Join Us for KeepAmericaFishing™ Day

June 7, 2014 is KeepAmericaFishing™ Day – a rallying point for novice and avid anglers alike to go fishing and share their experience in support of recreational fishing. All we ask is that on June 7, you get out on the water – by yourself, with your family or in a tournament. Take some AWESOME photos and please post them to KeepAmericaFishing.org. Our goal is to highlight the fun and popularity of our sport! Spread the word. Go fishing. Come to KeepAmericaFishing.org and tell us your fish stories! For more information, contact KeepAmericaFishing™ Director Kathy Powers, x228.

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TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2014 and Housing

Hotel rooms are going quickly, so register now to guarantee a room at one of the official ICAST hotels. If you attended ICAST 2013, you should have received an email from Experient, our registration company, with your 2013 user name and password, which you’ll need to start the ICAST 2014 registration process.

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TAKE ACTION – Purchase Your State of the Industry Breakfast Tickets

ESPN’s college football analyst, Lee Corso, is this year’s guest keynote speaker. In addition to Corso, you’re also get the inside information on the state of our industry during the State of the Industry Breakfast being held Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., at the Orange County Convention Center. The breakfast is being held in the convention center, Hall B W311, third floor. Tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased online through Experient, our registration company, or by calling (301) 694-5243. Only registered exhibitors and attendees may purchase tickets.

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Welcome to our New Trade Show Coordinator

Please welcome ASA’s new Trade Show Coordinator Heather Ward who joined the ASA staff on Monday, May 5. Heather brings several years of trade show experience from her tenure with the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.

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Thank You ICAST 2014 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who have already signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2014 sponsors are: GoldCrocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; Rapala; and Take Me Fishing™. Silver Columbia Sportswear; Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing; Gemini Custom Apparel; and Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corp. BronzeBeyond Coastal; Buck Knives; Chums; Classic Fishing Products, Inc.; FLW, LLC; Glo-Pro Lures; L & L Outdoor Products; NuCanoe, Inc.; and Sunsect, Inc. The list is current as of May 2014.

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Download the Awesome ICAST Mobile App

The new ICAST Mobile App will help buyers and media to target their show floor experience all from the palm of their hands.  The app has many helpful features that will help exhibitors and attendees alike while onsite such as maps, events, and exhibitors. To download the ICAST 2014 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 go to your smart phone app store. Look for ICAST Fishing. The app is supported by Apple, Android and Blackberry.

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Follow ICAST on Twitter and Facebook

Our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter followers are growing by the day. Share your thoughts about why you attend ICAST on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ICASTfishing and on Twitter by following us @ICASTshow. LinkedIn is for members of the trade only including ASA members and ICAST exhibitors. Sign up today.

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ICAST 2014 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. These include the New Product Showcase, the State of the Industry Breakfast and the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception where the New Product Showcase “Best of Show” awards are presented, the Lure Tank and the ASA Resource Center.

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ICAST 2014 Business Seminars Conference

In order to meet the business needs of our industry, we are evolving the seminar sessions into a “must attend” business education conference with sessions presented throughout the trade show. This year’s seminars focus on a wide-range of topics, with a particular focus on buyers and the retail sector, but the sessions have a lot of information for all attendees and exhibitors. The sessions are free to all badged ICAST and IFTD attendees. The sessions are held during show hours, July 16 – 18, in Room 209A in the Orange County Convention Center.

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Sportfishing Community Requests Corrected NOAA Economics Report

ASA, along with the Center for Coastal Conservation, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the International Game Fish Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, has requested that NOAA release a corrected version of their report, Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012, separating imported seafood from domestic seafood. The coalition sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Commerce asking that the report be released in the same format as the previous year’s report, which did not combine imports and domestic seafood, thereby presenting a more accurate view of the domestic commercial sector. The report shows that in 2012 there were 11 million recreational saltwater anglers who spent $4.6 billion on 72 million saltwater fishing trips. These anglers supported more than 381,000 jobs and contributed $58 billion to the U.S. economy.

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ASA Opposes NOAA Lab Closure

The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations released a draft spending bill for the 2015 fiscal year that bars NOAA from moving ahead with plans to consolidate several laboratories and close a century-old fisheries research lab near Beaufort, N.C. ASA strongly supports keeping the Beaufort Lab open, which was proposed to be shut down in the President’s budget, and thanks the numerous members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation who have spoken out in support of the lab. The Beaufort lab opened in 1899 and is the only federal fisheries lab between Sandy Hook, N.J. and Miami, Fla. It collaborates with North Carolina State University, Duke University, East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The lab is known for working on Atlantic menhaden, as well as stock assessments of king mackerel, snapper, grouper, triggerfish and coral reef species. The Beaufort lab brings $58 million to the local economy and employs 100 employees.

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Johnny Morris and Scott Deal Honored for Marine Fisheries Advocacy

The Center for Coastal Conservation honored Bass Pro Shops founder, Johnny Morris, and Maverick Boat Company President, Scott Deal, with the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award during the recent American Boating Congress held in Washington, D.C. The award honors extraordinary commitment to conservation. Morris and Deal co-chaired the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, which in February 2014, released A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries. The report outlines the nation’s most important saltwater fisheries management issues and is intended to help guide federal policy decisions, particularly as Congress debates the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the law which governs the nation’s marine fisheries.

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Senate Commerce Committee Passes Wallop-Breaux Bill

On April 9, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed S. 2028, a bill that would reauthorize the Sportfish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, out of Committee and without amendment. The Sportfish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund must be reauthorized as a part of the Federal Highway bill. Both chambers of Congress are heating up and drafting transportation bills that would include the Federal Highway bill and the Sportfish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund piece.

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Washington State Natural Resource Agency Settles Lawsuit

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) settled its lawsuit with the Wild Fish Conservancy over the release of hatchery fish. The Wild Fish Conservancy had filed suit claiming that the hatchery steelhead programs within the state violated the Endangered Species Act by weakening the recovery of three threatened fish species: wild steelhead, salmon and bull trout. While there will be no hatchery steelhead released into Puget Sound in 2014, there will be hatchery steelhead released in 2014 and 2015 into the Skykomish River. The agreement also says that the Conservancy will not sue the Department over Puget Sound hatchery system for 2.5 years; the Department will not release early winter hatchery steelhead into the Puget Sound region until the National Marine Fisheries Service reviews the program; a twelve year research project evaluating how not releasing early winter steelhead effects the Skagit River; and the Department will cover the Conservancy’s litigation expenses.

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Fish Habitat Bill Gains Co-Sponsor

The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act gained another co-sponsor in Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska). ASA staff and other conservation groups continue to push co-sponsorship as well as inclusion of the bill into the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014.

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Nominate an Outstanding Fisheries Conservation Project

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is now accepting nominations for outstanding fisheries projects completed with Sport Fish Restoration (Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux) funds. Awards are given in three categories: Sport Fishery Development and Management, Research and Surveys and Aquatic Education. Outstanding projects will be recognized through national press releases, in Fisheries magazine, at the 2014 annual AFS meeting. Nominations are being accepted through June 15, 2014. Please go to the AFS website for more information – http://fisheries.org/call-for-award-nominations.

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2012 Fishing License Sales Virtually Unchanged from 2011

In 2012, fishing license purchases were on par with 2011. Overall, it was a 50/50 split between states that saw an increase compared to those that saw an increase. Overall, license fees and permits generated $653 million in 2012. The USFWS collects and then distributes the date approximately 15 months after the year-end. License sales date for 2013 is expected in March 2015. For more information, contact Rob Southwick, 904- 277-9765.

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About AnglerSurvey.com

Launched in 2006, AnglerSurvey.com helps the industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. The information represents only a small sample of the vast amount of data collected from the complete survey results which is available to government agencies, businesses, the media and other interested parties. Results are scientifically analyzed to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States. Find them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/anglersurvey.

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