2016 American Sportfishing Association Award Recipients

2016 American Sportfishing Association Award Recipients

The Association Recognizes Industry and Conservation Leaders

During the 2015 Sportfishing Summit annual dinner, ASA recognized several individuals who have given generously of their time and company resources in support of the industry and fisheries conservation.

Jim Martin (L), former Director of Pure Fishing’s Berkley Institute and retired as Oregon’s Fisheries Chief, was presented the recreational fishing industry’s highest award – the Lifetime Achievement Award - by ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman (R) during the 2016 Sportfishing Summit held in New Orleans, La.

Jim Martin (L), former Director of Pure Fishing’s Berkley Institute and retired as Oregon’s Fisheries Chief, was presented the recreational fishing industry’s highest award – the Lifetime Achievement Award – by ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman (R) during the 2016 Sportfishing Summit held in New Orleans, La.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Jim Martin, retired, Pure Fishing’s Berkley Conservation Institute

ASA’s most prestigious award was presented to life-long fisheries management and conservation leader, Jim Martin, of Oregon. Martin was recognized for his extraordinary leadership and lifelong commitment to ensuring the health of our nation’s fisheries and finding new and better ways to enhance habitat conservation. Martin retired as Fish Chief for Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife before becoming Director of Pure Fishing’s Berkley Conservation Institute, from which he is now retired.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Executive Director Nick Wiley, is flanked by ASA BOD Chairman Kirk Immens, president, Sportco Marketing, on the left, and ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman, on the right, after being presenting the recreational fishing industry’s Future of Fishing award during the 2016 Sportfishing Summit held in New Orleans, La.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Executive Director Nick Wiley, is flanked by ASA BOD Chairman Kirk Immens, president, Sportco Marketing, on the left, and ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman, on the right, after being presenting the recreational fishing industry’s Future of Fishing award during the 2016 Sportfishing Summit held in New Orleans, La.

Future of Fishing Award
Nick Wiley, Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

ASA’s Future of Fishing Award was presented to Nick Wiley, executive director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, for his commitment to conservation and fisheries management, helping to ensure recreational fishing’s future. Although there are challenges, Florida is the number one fishing state in the U.S.

 

 

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) is flanked by ASA BOD Chairman Kirk Immens, president, Sportco Marketing, on the left, and ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman, on the right, after being presented the recreational fishing industry’s Congressional Champion award during the 2016 Sportfishing Summit held in New Orleans, La.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) is flanked by ASA BOD Chairman Kirk Immens, president, Sportco Marketing, on the left, and ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman, on the right, after being presented the recreational fishing industry’s Congressional Champion award during the 2016 Sportfishing Summit held in New Orleans, La.

Congressional Champion Award

This year, ASA presented its Congressional Champion Award to Rep. Garret Graves, Louisiana’s 6th District, in recognition of his commitment to fisheries conservation and recreational fishing’s future. Graves is an outstanding advocate for recreational fishing in the U.S. Congress.