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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

  • Recognizing Our Industry and Conservation Leaders
  • 2013 Sportfishing Summit Overview
  • Thank You 2013 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors
  • Mark Your Calendar for the 2014 Sportfishing Summit

Fisheries Policy Updates

  • Louisiana’s Senator Vitter Moves Fisheries Allocation Policies to the Forefront
  • Water Resources Reform and Development Act Passes House
  • Florida Judge Halts Net Fishing Ban
  • NFWF Announces Hurricane Sandy Coastal Grants
  • TRCP Releases Gulf Restoration Report
  • NOAA Fisheries Releases Saltwater Angler Report
  • AAA Calls for Lower Ethanol Targets in 2014
  • National Wildlife Refuges are Big Business

ICAST 2014

  • Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2014 and 2015

Recognizing Our Industry and Conservation Leaders

During the 2013 Sportfishing Summit, held October 16-18, in Sanibel, Fla., the American Sportfishing Association recognized several individuals who have given generously of their time and company resources in support of the industry and fisheries conservation. For more details, including photographs, go to the ASA website.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Peter F. Foley – President – Boone Bait Company
    ASA’s most prestigious award, the Norville Prosser Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to Peter F. Foley, president, Boone Bait Company, which is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla. Foley was recognized for his decades of extraordinary leadership and lifelong commitment to recreational fishing and the sportfishing industry.
  • Future of Fishing Award – David Pfeiffer – President – Shimano American Corporation
    ASA’s Future of Fishing Award was presented to David Pfeiffer, president, Shimano American Corporation, located in California, for his commitment to the sportfishing industry and his leadership in ensuring recreational fishing’s future. Pfeiffer currently serves on the board of directors and was board Chairman from 2004 to 2006.
  • Outstanding Industry Leader Award – John Jilling – Wright & McGill, Co.
    ASA presented an Outstanding Industry Leader Award to long-time member John Jilling. In 2012 Jilling retired as President of Wright & McGill, Co., headquartered in Denver, Colo. after nearly 35 years with the company and 13 years as its President. Jilling was a long-time supporter of ASA having served on the board of directors for eight years and served for many years on the Trade Show (ICAST) committee and other committees.
  • Outstanding Fisheries Conservation Award – Noreen Clough – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and B.A.S.S.
    ASA presented an Outstanding Fisheries Conservation Award to Noreen Clough, who retired this year as Conservation Director of B.A.S.S. Clough is a member of the association’s Government Affairs committee. Clough has more than 36 years of experience in natural resource conservation in both the federal and private sectors.

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2013 Sportfishing Summit Overview

The American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) 2013 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry's premier networking and business management event, celebrated 80 years of serving the industry and the sport during our annual meeting held October 16-18, at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort located just outside Fort Myers, Fla. This annual fall business meeting brought together more than 100 industry leaders with other sportfishing community members to provide a venue to discuss the issues impacting recreational fishing during committee meetings, networking events, general sessions and the association’s board of directors and committee meetings. Mayor Kevin Ruane of the City of Sanibel was a guest along with several members of the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce. For more details about the Summit, go to the ASA website.

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Thank You 2013 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors

The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2013 Sportfishing Summit: GoldAllcoast Group; Bass Pro Shops; Cabela’s; NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service; Take Me Fishing™; and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. SilverSouthwick Associates and the U.S. Forest Service. BronzeAssociation of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Flambeau Products Corporation.

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Mark Your Calendar for the 2014 Sportfishing Summit

The 2014 Sportfishing Summit is scheduled for October 15 – 17, in San Antonio, Texas. Texas is second only to Florida as the state where the most recreational fishing takes place. Information about the program and registration for the 2014 Summit will be available in mid-2014. For more information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, x227.

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Louisiana’s Senator Vitter Moves Fisheries Allocation Policies to the Forefront

In October, Senator David Vitter (R-La.) championed recreational fishing by securing assurances from Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., Acting Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), that NOAA would implement their own policies by pushing for a review of the outdated fishery allocations currently in place. Last week, Senator Vitter notified the Commerce Secretary that he would hold Sullivan’s confirmation until NOAA took action. Senator Vitter specifically requested two things from NOAA: 1) NOAA is to direct the Regional Fishery Management Councils to implement the broad allocation provisions of NOAA’s own National Catch Share Policy; and 2) NOAA is to take steps to address the current allocation issues in the Gulf of Mexico’s red snapper fishery.

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Water Resources Reform and Development Act Passes House

On October 23, the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) which would provide improvements, conservation and development of rivers and harbors nationwide. The House version of WRRDA includes an amendment that calls for a federal multiagency effort in slowing the spread of Asian Carp throughout the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins, as well as an amendment which prohibits any implementation of programs or activities defined by the National Ocean Policy’s development of coastal and marine spatial plans. Members of Congress will be named to a conference committee soon to reconcile the differences between the House version and the Senate version which passed in May.

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Florida Judge Halts Net Fishing Ban

On October 22, Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford ordered a halt on the enforcement of Florida’s constitutional amendment prohibiting gill net fishing along its state coastal waters. The ruling states that the use of net mesh size to define the difference between an illegal gill net and a legal seine net is a “legal absurdity” and has enjoined the enforcement of the constitutional amendment and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rules implementing it. Current regulations by the FWC established a two inch mesh size to define and clarify the difference between illegal gill nets and legal seine nets. Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office filed on behalf of the FWC for a notice of appeal. ASA staff will continue to monitor this issue.

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NFWF Announces Hurricane Sandy Coastal Grants

On October 29, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program is open until January 31, 2014. This grant program will support projects aimed at reducing communities’ vulnerability to risks associated with coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and other threats by strengthening natural ecosystems which will benefit fish and wildlife. The program will award more than $100 million throughout Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information on the foundation’s grants program please click here.

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TRCP Releases Gulf Restoration Report

On October 28, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) released their “Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries: Recommendations for Restoration, Recovery and Sustainability” report. This report was the result of a series of workshops that occurred throughout the Gulf States in May of 2013 to identify projects to help the Gulf’s recreational fishery recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and achieve long-term sustainability. The projects and initiatives identified in the report fall into three broad categories: habitat restoration and improvement; improved fishery monitoring, data collection, research and management; and recreational fishing business impacts and restoration of angler interest, confidence and access. The American Sportfishing Association, Coastal Conservation Association and Center for Coastal Conservation partnered with TRCP on the workshops and report. To read the full report, please
click here.

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NOAA Fisheries Releases Saltwater Angler Report

On October 25, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the first-ever nationwide survey of recreational angler attitudes and preferences related to fishing quality and management. Over nine thousand anglers from twenty-two coastal states took the survey. The survey results will inform NOAA’s decision-making and create a baseline against which to judge future performance. The strongest finding in the report is that anglers overwhelmingly support marine fisheries conservation, with 95 percent of respondents believing it is important to ensure high quality fishing opportunities exist for future generations. Less than 40 percent of saltwater anglers were satisfied that management incorporated stakeholder interest when it came to policy decisions. To read the full report, please click here.

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AAA Calls for Lower Ethanol Targets in 2014

On October 28, the American Automobile Association (AAA) urged the Obama Administration to consider a decrease in the corn ethanol requirement to below ten percent to prevent spikes in gas prices. This would also alleviate concerns over E15, which has been known to cause damages in automotive, boat and small engines. Currently there are only twelve million cars that are approved to run on E15 out of the 240 million cars on the roads today.

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National Wildlife Refuges are Big Business

America’s national wildlife refuges continue to be strong economic engines for local communities across the country, pumping $2.4 billion into the economy and supporting more than 35,000 jobs, according to a new national report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The peer reviewed report, Banking on Nature, finds refuges contributed an average $4.87 in total economic output for every $1 appropriated in fiscal year 2011. The National Wildlife Refuge System is the largest network of lands in the nation set aside for wildlife, with 561 national wildlife refuges – at least one refuge in every state – covering more than 150 million acres. The national wildlife refuges are open to the public for recreational fishing and hunting.

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Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2014 and 2015

Please mark your calendars for ICAST 2014 and 2015. Please note that we include Tuesday as the first day of the show to account for the New Product Showcase Preview Reception which is open to all registered buyers and credentialed media. We look forward to seeing you there.
ICAST 2014 – July 15 – 18, 2014, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
ICAST 2015 – July 14 – 17, 2015, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

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