November 2015

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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.

Association News

  • ICAST Receives National Award for Third Year Running
  • What Lures New Anglers to the Sport and What Will Keep Them Hooked
  • ASA Welcomes New and Reinstated Members

2015 Sportfishing Summit Recap

  • 2015 Sportfishing Summit Overview
  • Thank you 2015 Sportfishing Summit Partners!
  • The Association Recognizes Two Industry Leaders
  • Rep. David Jolly Welcomes Summit Attendees to Florida
  • Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 Sportfishing Summit

ICAST 2016

  • Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2016 and 2017
  • ICAST Fee-Free Registration for Bona Fide Outdoor Writer Group Members

Data and Statistics Updates

  • U.S. Angler Population - Their Lifestyles and License Buying Habits

Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

  • BP Finalizes $20 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Settlement
  • California Salmon Stakeholders Meet With Washington Decision Makers
  • State Management of Gulf Red Snapper Sees Action in Congress
  • Striped Bass Juveniles Reach Peak in Maryland

ICAST Receives National Award for Third Year Running

For the third year in a row, ICAST received an award from the Trade Show News Network (TSNN) for being one of the top 25 fastest-growing shows by net square footage in the U.S. TSNN used numbers from 2012-2014 as the basis for the award which was presented to ICAST Trade Show Director Kenneth Andres during TSNN’s 2015 annual awards conference and gala at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. ICAST 2016 will be held July 12 – 15, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. ICAST can be found at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @ICASTShow and #icastshow.

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What Lures New Anglers to the Sport and What Will Keep Them Hooked

The third in a series of six reports about recreational fishing in the U.S. focuses on those new to the sport or trying it again after a long hiatus. These, and other findings related to fishing participation, are explained in The New Anglers - Who Are They? Why Did They Try? Will They Continue? Newcomers have high expectations about how often they will fish when they first begin, but reality shows they drop out at high rates. In fact, 46 percent anglers do not fish the following year. The findings in this series of reports are meant to help improve efforts to attract more anglers and keep them fishing. This report was produced for the American Sportfishing Association by Southwick Associates, in partnership with Responsive Management. For more information, contact Rob Southwick, 904-277-9765.

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ASA Welcomes New and Reinstated Members

ASA welcomes the following companies that are new to the association or have reinstated their membership for F Y 2016: BihlerFlex, LLC; Bluewater Outriggers; Coastal Conservation Association; D & Z Innovations; drophook LLC; GMX Sportswear; Hell's Bay Boatworks; Honda Marine; Hubbard's Marina; Hydra Fishing LLC; Keith Alan Productions, Inc.; Kvalvik Bait; Lucas Oil Products Inc.; National Marine Electronics Association; Outrigger Unlimited, LLC; Storetech+co; Wavewalk, Inc.; Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP; and XTRATUF Honeywell International Inc.

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2015 Sportfishing Summit Overview

The American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) 2015 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry's premier networking and business management event, was held October 20-22, at the historic Loews Don Cesar Hotel located in St. Pete Beach, Fla. This annual fall event was ASA’s most well attended annual meeting with more than 200 attendees and guests present of which 160 were from 101 member companies and organizations. With each Summit, ASA strives to bring together our industry members with other sportfishing community members to provide everyone with a productive meeting that is timely, useful and a good business investment. All the details about the 2015 Sportfishing Summit can be found on ASA’s website –

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Thank you 2015 Sportfishing Summit Partners!

The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2015 Sportfishing Summit: Premium - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pure Fishing, Inc. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Gold - Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Inc., Costa, Southwick Associates, TakeMeFishing/Vamos A Pescar, USDA - Forest Service and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.. Silver - Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Deloitte Tax LLP, Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc., National Marine Electronics Association, PointsNorth Search Group, and World Fishing Network.

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The Association Recognizes Two Industry Leaders

During its annual awards dinner, the American Sportfishing Association recognized two individuals who have given generously of their time and company resources in support of the industry and fisheries conservation.

The Lifetime Achievement AwardDick Posey
The American Sportfishing Association’s most prestigious award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented posthumously to Dick Posey, founder and CEO of Lamiglas, located in Washington state, who passed away earlier this year. Posey was a life-long ASA member who led his company for more than five decades. Lamiglas was instrumental in the development of graphite rods and other innovations in the industry. His son, Tom Posey, accepted the award on his Dick’s behalf.

The Future of Fishing AwardCarl Liederman
The American Sportfishing Association’s Future of Fishing Award was presented to Carl Liederman, president of Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply in Miami, Fla. A long-time ASA member, for decades Liederman has been a driving force in numerous initiatives, projects and organizations on the local, state and national levels to help conserve fisheries resources and maintain public access for current and future generations of anglers.

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Rep._JollyRep. David Jolly Welcomes Summit Attendees to Florida

U.S. House of Representatives member David Jolly (R-Fla.) was on hand for the Tuesday morning breakfast to welcome everyone to the Summit and to his district. Regarding fisheries management, Rep. Jolly said that legislators should be relying on the expertise of those who are most directly involved and affected, such as the recreational fishing industry. On specific issues, he commented on his work to improve fisheries data for red snapper and other reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic regions; his support for public access at Biscayne National Park, and his interest in restricting Presidential authority to close marine waters to fishing through marine monument designations. We thank Rep. Jolly for taking the time from his busy schedule to be with us.

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Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 Sportfishing Summit

The 2016 Sportfishing Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, through Friday, October 7, at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans, La. Information about the program and registration for the 2016 Summit will be available Spring 2016. For more information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, x227.

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Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2016 and 2017

Please mark your calendars for ICAST 2016 and 2017. Please note that we include Tuesday as the first day of the show to account for the new events that launched in 2015 – ICAST On the Water, the ICAST Cup Industry Bass Fishing Tournament and the Bass & Birdies golf tournament as well as the New Product Showcase Preview Reception which is open to all registered buyers and credentialed media. We’re also planning another great musical event, so look for more information about that. We look forward to seeing you there!

ICAST 2016 – July 12 – 15, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

ICAST 2017 – July 11 - 14, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

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ICAST Fee-Free Registration for Bona Fide Outdoor Writer Group Members

During its October meeting, ASA’s board of directors accepted a recommendation from the Communications Committee to waive the ICAST Media-Editorial registration fee for bona fide outdoor writer groups’ members. The pre-registration fee is $100 and the onsite fee is $150. Each outdoor writers’ organization has a membership credentialing process which helps streamline the ICAST registration and media credentialing process. All ICAST attendees and exhibitors must register for the show. ICAST 2016 attendee registration opens in February 2016. For more information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, x227.

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U.S. Angler Population - Their Lifestyles and License Buying Habits

License sales data show that most anglers do not buy licenses in consecutive years, raising questions about the types of people who are more likely to fish or not, where to find them, license buying churn rates, minority and female participation and why new anglers were attracted to the sport. To answer these questions, Southwick Associates examined 10 years of fishing license data from multiple states and the results prove very insightful. This work was funded through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Multi-State Conservation Grant program. The first three reports are available on the ASA website under Facts & Figures – Angler Participation in both Executive Summaries and detailed technical reports. These documents are part of a series of six technical reports which are being rolled out on a monthly basis. The first report was released in September.

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BP Finalizes $20 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Settlement

BP and the five Gulf of Mexico states impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, along with the U.S. Department of Justice, agreed to a record-setting $20 billion consent decree, closing the door on the settlement. The agreement carves out $8.1 billion for ecosystem restoration projects aimed at repairing specific damage related to the spill, and $5.5 billion in Clean Water Act civil penalties, 80 percent of which will be sent back to the Gulf Coast states under the RESTORE Act. As much as $5.9 billion could separately go to states and communities to resolve economic claims and up to $700 million will be set aside to repair unexpected environmental damage from the spill that could arise in the future. The Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan, available on NOAA’s website, describes the spill’s impacts to natural resources evaluated over 15 years and lays out the methods for addressing the damage, including how funding would be allocated. ASA is pleased to see that providing and enhancing recreational activities are among the plan’s five main goals and that resources are being made available to revive fisheries and aquatic resources in the region. The consent decree and draft restoration plan are open for public comment until December 4.

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California Salmon Stakeholders Meet With Washington Decision Makers

In October, ASA members representing California’s recreational fishing industry and ASA’s GA staff met with Congressional decision-makers regarding California’s drought impacts on salmon. The Golden Gate Salmon Association, Coastside Fishing Club and West Marine representatives were in D.C. to advocate for the state’s $1.4 billion salmon fishery. Earlier this year, the House passed H.R. 2898, a bill sponsored by Rep. Valadao (D-Calif.) that would contribute to the demise of all four runs of salmon. In July, Sens. Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced separate legislation – S. 1894 – to address the issues arising from the ongoing drought in California. The sportfishing community supports this bill and is working with the Senate on improvements. The meetings coincide with a recent study results showing that salmon in the San Joaquin and Sacramento River Deltas are dwindling because of low water levels and rising water temperatures.

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State Management of Gulf Red Snapper Sees Action in Congress

On October 22, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing on the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act (H.R. 3094) and heard testimony from eight panelists. Introduced in July by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), and 27 bi-partisan co-sponsors, H.R. 3094 would extend formal federal recognition to the historic agreement between the chief fish and wildlife officials of all five Gulf States to accept joint responsibility for management of the red snapper fishery in federal waters. Under the Act, states will have the authority to manage red snapper populations at the state level, using a model that manages for a healthy population and a robust fishery in order to optimize access for both commercial and recreational fishermen. Rep. Graves received letters of support for H.R.3094 from all five Gulf states prior to the hearing, each expressing concern over the federal government's dramatic departure from established wildlife resource management practices.

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Striped Bass Juveniles Reach Peak in Maryland

A 2015 survey by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources indicates that striped bass reached its eighth highest year on record for the number of juveniles in the population. This year the department recorded an average of 24.2 juvenile fish per sample compared to 11.9, the long-term average. For a species that has made a dramatic comeback from previously overfished levels, these figures indicate the resilience of striped bass. Other findings from the annual index showed strong reproductive health of American Shad, White Perch, and River Herring.

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