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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.



Don't Miss the Sportfishing Summit – September 21 Pre-Reg Deadline
The Sportfishing Summit, being held October 12-14, at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La., is the one time each year that the sportfishing community comes together to discuss our collective future. This annual fall event underscores our desire to bring together American Sportfishing Association (ASA) members with other sportfishing community members to provide everyone with a productive meeting that is timely, useful and a good business investment. We encourage you to attend the Summit as well as ASA’s Committee meetings and Board of Directors meetings in order to gain a better understanding of how ASA works on your behalf. All the 2011 Summit details, including registration and housing reservations, can be found at www.ASAfishing.org/summit. The pre-registration deadline is September 21.

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2011 Sportfishing Summit Featured Speakers
This year’s Summit is host to an outstanding group of keynote speakers who will address issues on everyone’s minds – the global economy and China in particular; the Gulf Coast restoration efforts; getting Americans outside and America’s Great Outdoors Initiative; and that ever-evolving, somewhat fickle, beast known as social media. Our speakers include China and Asian economic expert Michael Colopy; Brian Solis, a leading thinker on the impact of social media on business and culture; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe; and Geir Robinson, VP of Claims for BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. Please click here to read more about our featured speakers.

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Don't Hesitate: Pre-Register Now for the 2011 Summit
The deadline for pre-registration rates is September 21. After September 21, on-site rates apply. Please take advantage of the pre-registration rates. Summit registrations may be faxed, mailed or emailed to ASA. Please see the instructions on the registration form. For more information about Summit registration, please contact Membership Director Jill Calabria, (703) 519-9691, x234, or jcalabria@asafishing.org.

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Make Your 2011 Summit Hotel Reservations by September 21
Reservations for the Loews New Orleans Hotel must be made no later than 1:00 p.m. EST, on September 21, 2011, to receive the ASA room rate. Request the group rate for the American Sportfishing Association’s Summit. Housing requests received after the deadline will be assigned based upon room and rate availability. The ASA group room rate is $149.00 per night until September 21. Please fax your reservation forms directly to the Loews New Orleans Hotel at (504) 595-3310 or call (866) 211-6411 to make reservations under ASA/Sportfishing Summit. Click here to make your Summit reservations online.

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Thank You 2011 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors
Our thanks go to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; Cabela’s; Frabill, Inc.; Gemini Sport Marketing; Maui Jim; NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service; Take Me Fishing™; U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U. S. Geological Survey; and the USDA-Forest Service for their generous support.

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ASA Says Goodbye to ICAST Director Maria del Valle Hamilton
After 17 years with the American Sportfishing Association, ICAST Director Maria del Valle Hamilton has left to embark on a new chapter of her life accompanying her husband on his new posting in the Middle East. Maria helped guide the significant growth in the industry’s tradeshow over the past decade. ASA thanks Maria for her many years of dedicated service to the association and wishes her and Reid all the best in their new adventures.

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ASA Names Kenneth Andres as New ICAST Director
ASA is pleased to name Kenneth Andres as its new industry tradeshow director. Ken has been with ASA and the tradeshow since 2007 as ICAST Associate. During that time, Ken was responsible for sales and exhibitor relations, sponsorships, logistics, vendor relations and general show production. Ken has an extensive background in tradeshow production including work with Freeman and with Trade Show International, Inc. and Team One LLC, both based in Florida. Ken is also an avid and accomplished angler who knows both the conventional and fly fishing sides of the sportfishing industry.

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New Research: Number of New Anglers Continues to Rise
According to a new report from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and The Outdoor Foundation, fishing has consistently attracted new people to the sport over the last few years.. The 2011 Special Report on Fishing and Boating revealed that in 2010, 3.36 million people participated in fishing for the first time – an increase of two percent since 2008. Click here to learn more.

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Military Families Receive Rods & Reels Donation
Thousands of military youth and their families across America now have a better chance to experience some of our greatest pastimes – fishing and spending time in the great outdoors –  thanks to a partnership between the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) Take Me Fishing™ campaign and ZEBCO. Click here to learn more.

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Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2012 and 2013
Please mark your calendars for ICAST 2012 and 2013. Check out the ICAST 2012 video available on www.ICASTfishing.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • ICAST 2012 – July 11 – 13, 2012, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
  • ICAST 2013 – July 10 – 12, 2013, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

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Legislation Seeks to Increase Fishing Access on Public Lands
The Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, introduced by Representatives Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Dan Boren (D-OK) on September 2, will help ensure that recreational fishing, hunting and shooting sports are supported as public activities on federal lands. This bipartisan legislation directs federal land management agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to apply the multi-use mandates in their management plans to support public access to our nation’s public lands. A recent Congressional report concluded that more than 35 million acres of land owned by the USFS and BLM have inadequate access for sportsmen and women. This legislation directs managers to facilitate recreational fishing and hunting on public lands and waters within their management plans. Additionally, the bill directs managers to evaluate how traditional outdoor activities will be impacted by the implementation of new regulations, management plans or land use initiatives.

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Final Management Plan Threatens Cape Hatteras Access
The final off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan for North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area is open for public comment through September 19. The final ORV plan closes extensive areas of the seashore to the public and severely limits ORV access, far outweighing what is needed to address resource protection. This precedent-setting plan poses serious issues for the local economy, which is largely dependent upon tourism and recreation, and could shape the future treatment of angler and ORV access in National Parks across the country. ORV access to the Cape is essential for surf fishing from the beaches, as well as many other recreational activities. For information on how to submit comments, please visit KeepAmericaFishing.org.

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SoCal's Coastal Waters Will Remain Open on October 1
A delay in the approval of California’s controversial South Coast Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) regulations means that anglers will now have more time on the water. October 1, 2011 was the date that the no-fishing zone regulations were to have gone into effect. The Fish and Game Commission will meet on September 15, to discuss alternative effective dates for implementation of the Southern California marine protected areas. Adding further uncertainty to the timeline for these regulations is a pending lawsuit filed by members of the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans, which represents the interests of California's recreational anglers and boaters in the MLPA process. To learn more, read the press release from the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans.

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Councils Set Catch Limits on Recreational Species Without Proper Data
Despite a lack of data to support its ruling, the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils approved regulations that would limit or possibly close numerous marine fisheries to recreational fishing. These regulations, which still require the Secretary of Commerce’s approval, place annual catch limits (in pounds or number) on all stocks under Council management and may affect fishing practices and seasons for numerous recreationally important stocks such as mahi mahi, wahoo and dozens of species in the snapper-grouper complex. The Councils’ decision-making process is being driven by a December 31, 2011, deadline in the 2006 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) reauthorization. The sportfishing community has worked with Members of Congress to introduce the Fishery Science Improvement Act (H.R. 2304), which will ensure that catch limits are set based on data, not on guesstimates. Click here for the Fishery Science Improvement Act Fact Sheet. ASA encourages all anglers to send a message to their Members of Congress in support of H.R. 2304.

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South Atlantic Deepwater Snapper Grouper Fishery Reopened
During its August meeting, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved Regulatory Amendment 11 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan to eliminate a current restriction on possession or harvest of some deepwater snapper grouper species in waters greater than 240 feet in depth, which covers over half of the waters under management by the council. The closure was implemented in January 2011, in an effort to address overfishing of speckled hind and warsaw grouper. The Council approved the amendment after considering public testimony on the economic impacts of the restriction along with new data indicating the closure may not effectively minimize bycatch.

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Keep Halibut Fishery in Recreational Hands
In 2010, commercial fishermen discarded over 11 million pounds of halibut, more than the total recreational fishing charter catch that year. Now, federal fishery managers are proposing a rule that will cut recreational halibut fishing in South Central Alaska by 50 percent, giving commercial fishermen an even greater catch limit. This reallocation will have no conservation benefit for the fishery and will place even more of our nation's public resource into private commercial hands. Voice your opposition to this rule with your Members of Congress and NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco.

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Large Scale-Art Project Will Impact the Arkansas River Fishery
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has conditionally granted approval for a large-scale Christo art project that involves draping 6 miles of cloth over portions of a 42-mile stretch of Colorado’s Arkansas River, a haven for anglers, boaters and home to a diverse population of fish and wildlife. According to the BLM’s own Environmental Impact Study (EIS), the project will have a “significant adverse impact” on angler access and fishery health. The project will disrupt angler access for a minimum of three years, especially during the spring and summer seasons when recreational fishing on the river is at its highest. ASA is asking all anglers to send a message to Colorado’s Governor, the Executive Director of the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in opposition to this temporary art exhibit that will have enduring negative impacts on anglers, boaters and the fish and wildlife populations in the Arkansas River.

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Shark Night 3D – Can You Spot the FISH?
Looking for a special way to spend an evening with family and friends? A special date night? Look no further than Shark Night 3D which features some very special fish: FISH! that you might not even know are lurking there. Know the answer to that riddle? Find out for sure at the 2011 Sportfishing Summit!

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Support FishAmerica While Searching or Shopping Online
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