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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.

Counting Down to ICAST 2015!

TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2015

If you attended ICAST 2014, you should have received an email from Experient, our registration company, with your 2014 user name and password, which is useful to have to start the ICAST 2015 registration process.
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TAKE ACTION – 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 – Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley is Industry Breakfast Keynote Speaker

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 – The Kickoff Concert with Easton Corbin and James Wesley

ICAST, the World Fishing Network and Calcutta are kicking up the energy level this year with a Tuesday night concert featuring country music star Easton Corbin!
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TAKE ACTION – 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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TAKE ACTION – Plan to Attend 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 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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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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ICAST 2015 Business Development Seminars

In order to meet the business needs of our industry, we will offer a full-range of business development seminars on Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 16.
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Download the ICAST Mobile App

The ICAST Mobile App, introduced last year, will help buyers and media to 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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KeepAmericaFishing Updates

Kid Casters Products Benefit KeepAmericaFishing®

Kid Casters, a new youth fishing brand owned by Lil Anglers, LLC, has teamed up with KeepAmericaFishing® in hopes of igniting a passion for fishing within our younger generations.
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Mystery Tackle Box Asks Its Members to Pitch It!

Mystery Tackle Box delivers thousands of baits to their members’ mailboxes every month.
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Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

Legislation Advances to Benefit Saltwater Recreational Fishing

Leaders in the recreational fishing and boating community noted the progress Congress has made in elevating the importance of saltwater recreational fishing in the nation’s primary law governing marine fisheries management.
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Bass Pro Shops Supports State-Based Red Snapper Management

On April 15, Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, penned a letter to the governors of the five Gulf of Mexico states expressing his support of state-based management of the Gulf red snapper fishery.
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California Winter-Run Salmon Regulations

On April 17, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife approved emergency regulations that will take effect on April 27, to protect winter-run Chinook salmon.
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California Bill Would Create 12-Month Fishing License

The California legislature is considering a bill, S.B. 345, which would make fishing licenses valid for a full 12 months, giving anglers more value for their purchase.
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Angling & Boating Alliance Holds Briefing on Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund

On April 22, the Angling & Boating Alliance (ABA) participated in two policy briefings with a Member of Congress and nearly 20 staff of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
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CCA Takes Legal Action on Gulf Red Snapper

On April 22, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) announced that it filed a lawsuit against implementation of Amendment 40 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Cape Hatteras Management Plan Reevaluation

Prompted by federal legislation signed into law in December 2014, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area is undergoing a management plan reevaluation in an effort to improve public access.
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EPA Commits to Set RFS Obligations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled its lawsuit with the petroleum industry and agreed to set the ethanol blending mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by November 30, 2015.
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Louisiana Vows to Add Inshore Artificial Reefs

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission issued a notice of intent to designate 31 inshore fishing reefs.
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