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- Condolences to the Hall Family from the Sportfishing Community
- ASA Hires New KeepAmericaFishingTM Director
- See All the ICAST 2012 Highlights on ASAfishing.org
- Don't Miss the Sportfishing Summit – September 21 is the Pre-Reg Deadline
- Thank You 2012 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors
- Shuttle Service from Airport
- Make Your 2012 Summit Hotel Reservations by September 21
- New Committee Meeting Format
- 2012 Sportfishing Summit Featured Speakers
- Like KeepAmericaFishing on Facebook
- See the Legends of Sportfishing at ICAST 2012
- Anglers Defeat Anti-Fishing Bill in California Legislature
- Australia Nears Finalizing World's Largest Fishing Closures
- Billfish Conservation Act Passes House Natural Resources Committee
- Industrial Art Project Threatens Arkansas River Fisheries
- Legal Efforts Against E15 Experience a Setback
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Appoints New Deputy Director for Policy
- Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Update
- South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
- ASA Supports Continuing Conservation Reserve Programs
- South Korean Lead Ban Reversed
- Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2013, 2014 and 2015
Condolences to the Hall Family from the Sportfishing Community
The entire ASA family sends its condolences to the Hall family on the passing of Lois Hall, the matriarch of the Hall family and wife of the late Fred Hall. According to son, Bart Hall, his mother was always at the front desk at the Fred Hall shows when exhibitors were checking in. Bart said, “She knew thousands of people by name and knew what they did and where they came from. She had an incredible memory and an uncanny sense of organization. She was the backbone of the Fred Hall Shows.” Bart also said, “She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a professional athlete, a musician and a businesswoman which was quite an accomplishment for a woman born in 1924 in Duluth Minnesota.” A private mass and burial service was held on Wednesday August 29, in California. Condolences may be sent to Fred Hall & Associates, P.O. Box 2925, Camarillo, California 93011, (805) 389-3339.
ASA Hires New KeepAmericaFishingTM Director
The American Sportfishing Association's successful angler advocacy effort KeepAmericaFishingTM has hired Kathryn Powers as its first Director. Kathryn begins work on September 13, and will be a member of the Government Affairs staff which oversees the angler advocacy program. Kathryn comes to ASA with an impressive background in online advocacy fundraising, social media and communications. For the past three years she has worked for Conservation International as the Senior Manager for Online Fundraising. For the last nine years her career has been working for advocacy organizations in fundraising and operations management. Please welcome Kathryn to the staff. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her extension is 228.
See All the ICAST 2012 Highlights on ASAfishing.org
From the New Product Showcase winners to the State of the Industry Breakfast to the KeepAmericaFishingTM Legends of Sportfishing, all the ICAST 2012 trade show highlights are now available on the American Sportfishing Association's website. Relive the highlights of this great show!
Don't Miss the Sportfishing Summit – September 21 is the Pre-Reg Deadline
The Sportfishing Summit, being held October 9-11, at the Westin Hilton Head Resort in Hilton Head, S.C. 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 staff and your colleagues work on your behalf. All the 2012 Summit details, including registration and housing reservations, can be found at on the ASA website under the 2012 Sportfishing Summit. The pre-registration deadline is September 21.
Thank You 2012 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors
ASA would like to thank these member companies and organizations for their generous support of the 2012 Sportfishing Summit: Gold: Allcoast Media: Cabela's, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Silver: USDA-Forest Service; Take Me Fishing and 75 Years of Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration; Bronze: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Southwick Associates.
Shuttle Service from Airport
ASA has arranged a discounted rate with K Shuttle to provide you shuttle service to and from the Savannah/Hilton Head international airport and the Westin Hilton Head Resort. The round-trip rate is $80.00 and one-way is $45.00. You may book your shuttle reservations online at www.kshuttle.com/upcoming-groups under the ASA link or call K Shuttle direct at 1-877-243-2050 and mention Promo Code: FISH
Make Your 2012 Summit Hotel Reservations by September 21
Reservations can be made directly with the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort by calling 1-800-937-8461 or online at the 2012 Sportfishing Summit customized website. Please make your reservations no later than Friday, September 21. Request the group rate for the ASA/Sportfishing Summit. Rates are guaranteed until Friday, September 21, 2012. Housing requests received after the deadline will be assigned based upon room and rate availability. The room rate for a double or single room is $125, plus tax (11 percent) and a $1.00 occupancy fee. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is Noon. Reservations are guaranteed for late arrival. First night's deposit is required at the time of reservation. All advance deposits will be refundable only if the reservation is cancelled no later than 72 hours prior to arrival. The Westin will send you an electronic confirmation by email within three (3) days of your reservation.
New Committee Meeting Format
During the 2012 Sportfishing Summit, the ASA Board of Directors will meet on Monday, October 8, from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. They will also meet on Thursday, October 11, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. The committees will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Please check the new committee schedule for the day and time of your committee meeting. Government Affairs will meet both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
2012 Sportfishing Summit Featured Speakers
This year's Summit is host to an outstanding group of keynote speakers who will focus on three key areas — data, including our economy as we head into the November elections; the “why” and “how” of social media and its impact on branding and product sales; and the benefits that the American Sportfishing Association brings to its members. For details and bios about our speakers, please go to the Featured Speakers page on the ASA website.
Like KeepAmericaFishing on Facebook
The Keep America Fishing page on Facebook has more than 12,000 “likes!” But with 60 million anglers in the United States, we have a long way to go. Become a fan today and let your friends and family know that they, too, can be a sportfishing fan and do their part to stay informed and help keep our nation's fish and their habitats healthy and accessible now and for the future.
See the Legends of Sportfishing at ICAST 2012
Professional anglers from across the nation gathered at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, to show their support for KeepAmericaFishingTM. ICAST attendees had the opportunity to meet the anglers, hear firsthand what fishing means to them and how supporting KeepAmericaFishing helps ensure our nation's waters remain open, clean and abundant with fish. In addition to the meet and greet, these sportfishing legends made the commitment to serve as KeepAmericaFishing Ambassadors, spreading the word about the importance of uniting all anglers, from novice to professional, with one voice in support of fisheries conservation and keeping our public waters open to recreational fishing. View the Legends of Sportfishing photo gallery from this wonderful event.
Anglers Defeat Anti-Fishing Bill in California Legislature
Due in large part to strong outcry from California's recreational fishing community, provisions in SB 1148 that would have had a devastating impact on recreational fishing in California, were removed prior to its passage in the California legislature. Initially introduced into the California legislature to improve how the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) functions, the bill was hijacked by anti-fishing groups and would have striped the DFG of its authority for fishery management in marine closures and placed authority of marine closures in the hands of the Ocean Protection Council, a body effectively controlled by anti-fishing groups who would seek ever greater closures. This significant threat was averted thanks to the thousands of anglers who made their concerns known to their legislators through KeepAmericaFishingTM. Despite thousands of messages from California's anglers another bill, AB 2402, did pass in the last hours of the session and will allow private organizations to directly fund programs within the DFG.
Australia Nears Finalizing World's Largest Fishing Closures
A proposal to create the world's largest network of marine reserves in Australia is open for comment through September 10. ASA urges its members to visit the Australian Government's website and provide comments in opposition to the plan. Similar to the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process, the Australian marine reserves network closes massive areas of the ocean to fishing with no scientific justification, and ignores the most significant threats to marine life including pollution, coastal development and ocean acidification. Information on the proposed closures and the significant negative economic impacts that will result can be found on the Keep Australia Fishing website, which was created by Australian fishing organizations based on ASA's successful KeepAmericaFishing program.
Billfish Conservation Act Passes House Natural Resources Committee
On August 1, the Billfish Conservation Act was reported favorably out of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and now awaits floor action. This legislation (S. 1451 and H.R. 2706) would conserve declining billfish populations by prohibiting the commercial sale and importation of billfish throughout the U.S. The exceptions are Hawaii and the Pacific Insular Area islands to preserve traditional fisheries. It is currently illegal to harvest or import Atlantic-caught billfish into the U.S., but billfish from other oceans come into U.S. markets in substantial numbers, threatening the sustainability of these recreationally important fish. ASA encourages you to send a letter to your Members on Congress today in support of this important legislation.
Industrial Art Project Threatens Arkansas River Fisheries
In July, Federal District Judge John Kane issued a “commence no action” on a proposed landscape-scale art project along 42 miles of the Arkansas River in Colorado that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), will have a significant adverse impact on angler access and fishery health. Despite the negative impacts of the project, in November, 2011, the BLM authorized the Over the River Corporation to begin construction on the art installation, prompting a lawsuit by Rags Over Arkansas River, a local organization fighting the industrial project. The artist, Christo, has publically stated that he will have to postpone his current August 2015 exhibition deadline until the pending legal cases are resolved. For more information, contact ASA Policy Fellow Libby Yranski, x244.
Legal Efforts Against E15 Experience a Setback
On August 17, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed a challenge brought by the Engine Products Group seeking to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to allow gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, commonly referred to as E15, into the U.S. fuel supply. This decision puts the potentially dangerous E15 closer to gas pumps across the country. The challenge was dismissed on procedural grounds, not on the merits of the case, and members of the Engine Products Group are currently evaluating further litigation options. If allowed into the market, E15 could damage recreational marine engines and other small gasoline-powered engines because they are designed, calibrated, and certified to run on not more than 10 volume percent ethanol. For more information, read ASA's position statement on E15.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Appoints New Deputy Director for Policy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced in August the appointment of Steve Guertin as the agency's Deputy Director for Policy. Guertin, a career Service employee, has served as the Regional Director for the agency's Mountain-Prairie Region since 2007. In his new capacity, Guertin will provide strategic program direction and develop policy and guidance to support and promote program development and fulfill the Service mission. Guertin will assume his new duties in mid-November, 2012.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Update
Ken Haddad, ASA's Marine Fisheries Advisor, attended the August Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in New Orleans, La. Of particular concern to ASA was the Council's consideration of Reef Fish Amendment 28, which considers setting new allocations for gag, red grouper, black grouper and red snapper, based on various scenarios, including separating the recreational sector into two or more subsectors, also known as sector separation, a concept ASA opposes. The Council ultimately agreed to table for discussion or action until it receives the summer 2013 red snapper benchmark assessment. In addition, the Council continues to consider fixed petroleum platforms and artificial reefs as essential fish habitat. Oil rigs are being removed from the Gulf at an alarming rate thus removing important habitat and fishing grounds that has developed over the many years the rigs have been in the water. An Ad Hoc Artificial Substrate Advisory Panel was authorized to assist the Council on this issue.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council recently announced significant regulatory changes for two popular federal fisheries. A limited recreational red snapper season in South Atlantic federal waters, the first since January 2010, will open for two consecutive weekends, running from September 14-16, and September 21-23. The bag limit is one fish per person, per day and there is no minimum size limit for red snapper. The recreational season for black sea bass in South Atlantic federal waters closed on September 4, due to a determination that the new annual catch limit of 409,000 pounds was reached.
ASA Supports Continuing Conservation Reserve Programs
ASA has signed onto a letter supporting the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program through the Farm Service Agency. The letter recommends that an annual review process be conducted for program initiatives, additional programs should be allocated after evaluating all responses from the annual public call and that transparency should occur between state FSA offices and the federal in regards to reducing state's acreage allocations.