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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.

Important News

Where Do You Find the Most Active Anglers? Not Where You Might Expect

A new report about recreational fishing in the U.S. found that anglers in the Midwest and Northeast had the lowest drop-out rate compared to anglers in other parts of the country.
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Bill Benefiting Recreational Fishing Clears House Natural Resources Committee

On October 8, the House Natural Resources Committee passed a bill that benefits recreational fishing and hunting and natural resource conservation.
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It’s Time for the 2015 Sportfishing Summit!

2015 Sportfishing Summit Overview

The American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) 2015 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry's premier networking and business management event, is being held October 20-22, at the historic Loews Don Cesar Hotel located in St. Pete Beach, Fla.
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ASA Committee, Board of Directors and General Membership Meetings

During the 2015 Sportfishing Summit, the ASA Board of Directors will meet on Monday, October 19, from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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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
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The Summit Features Two Outstanding Keynote Speakers

As usual, we have a full agenda planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Sportfishing Summit Agenda At-a-Glance

Here is very brief overview of this year’s agenda.
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ICAST 2016

ASA Welcomes New Trade Show Coordinator

Please welcome Koyrn Cramer to the ASA staff as the new Tradeshow Coordinator.
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Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

Proposals for Two New Marine Sanctuaries to Advance Forward

At the October “Our Ocean” international conference in Chile, President Obama announced that two areas – one in Lake Michigan and the other in the Potomac River – will be considered as U.S. marine sanctuaries.
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South Atlantic Council Moves Forward on Special Management Zones

During its September meeting, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council decided to advance three of the original 11 proposed designated areas to protect spawning fish and associated habitat.
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North Carolina Boaters Rally Against Fee Hike and Win

A controversial and expensive “coastal waters permit” was removed from the final version of the budget passed by North Carolina legislators, a relief to the many boaters and marine manufacturers who opposed the fee.
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Great Lakes Invasive Sea Lamprey Decline is Good for Anglers

In September, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission reported that high levels of destructive, invasive sea lampreys are now at a 30-year low in Lake Huron, a twenty-year low in Lake Michigan and below the target level in Lake Ontario.
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USDA Grants to Expand E15 Availability in 21 States

In a move that concerns ASA and the boating community, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the $100 million Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) will provide funding to 21 states for E15 infrastructure for 5,000 pumps at 1,400 gasoline retail stations.
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NOAA Hosts Meeting on Potential Marine Monument

On September 3, the Obama Administration announced that it is considering a new marine national monument in New England waters.
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NOAA Grants $1 Million to Restore Great Lakes Habitat

Three projects in Michigan and Ohio were selected through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to restore habitat in severely degraded areas of the Great Lakes.
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