The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2016 Sportfishing Summit.
The sponsors are current as of August 26, 2016.
| NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a division of the Department of Commerce, is the federal agency, responsible for the stewardship of the nation's living marine resources and their habitat. NMFS is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States' Exclusive Economic Zone which covers marine waters three to 200 mile offshore. Using the tools provided by the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, NMFS, along with its six regional offices and eight councils, works with communities on fishery management issues and works to promote sustainable fisheries and to prevent lost economic potential associated with overfishing, declining species and degraded habitats.
|Pure Fishing, Inc.
Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leading global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels with a portfolio of brands that includes Abu Garcia®, All Star®, Berkley®, Chub™, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Hardy & Greys™, Hodgman®, Johnson™, Mitchell®, PENN®, Pflueger®, Sébile®, SevenStrand®, Shakespeare®, SpiderWire®, Stren®, Trilene® and Ugly Stik®. Pure Fishing, Inc. operates in 22 countries with a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages. Pure Fishing, Inc. is a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation and is part of the Jarden Outdoor Solutions business segment, a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products.
|U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, and in providing opportunities for the American public to enjoy the outdoors.
|USDA Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service’s National Forest System includes approximately 2.1 million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs and 200,000 miles of perennial streams. Our staff of fisheries biologists, aquatic ecologists, hydrologists and technicians works with other disciplines inside the agency and with our partners to protect and restore aquatic resources for all of America to enjoy.
|Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 99 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group®, a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 37 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge®, voted by Travel + Leisure as one of the top 50 Best Hotels for Families in the U.S. For more information, visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bassproshops.
Cabela’s is a leading retailer and direct marketer of outdoor-related merchandise. Founded in 1961, Cabela’s is a top outdoor recreation brand and recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Through its growing number of retail stores and established direct business, Cabela’s offers a wide selection of quality gear while providing superior customer service.
We build the clearest sunglasses on the planet for those who live to be on the water. Born on the water and we’re still inspired by it. We want to be on it, we want to protect it, and we want to inspire others to do the same.
|Southwick Associates, Inc.
Southwick Associates is a market research, economics and statistics firm, specializing in the sportfishing and outdoor markets. Celebrating 25 years in 2015, Southwick Associates is renowned for delivering comprehensive insights to assist business and strategic decisions. Our 25+ years of experience serving the sportfishing industry, plus our proprietary sportfishing research panels, provides us with a level of knowledge and understanding of the angling market unobtainable anywhere else. In addition to our custom research services, we also provide syndicated sportfishing participation, purchasing and media consumption tracking studies. We are the data and statistics provider for the American Sportfishing Association, and have been recognized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation as their top quantitative research vendor.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns to create awareness around boating, fishing and conservation, and educate people about the benefits of participation. Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites, TakeMeFishing.org, and VamosAPescar.org, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.
| Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is the professional organization that serves as the collective voice of North America’s fish and wildlife agencies. Our mission is to support and advocate for state, provincial and territorial authority for conservation and to assist those agencies in promoting science-based resource management in collaboration with public and private partners.
| National Fish Habitat Partnership
2016 marks the 10-year Anniversary of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (The Partnership). Since 2006, The Partnership has supported 599 projects benefiting fish habitat in all 50 states. The Partnership works to conserve fish habitat nationwide, leveraging federal, state, tribal, and private funding resources to achieve the greatest impact on fish populations through priority conservation projects of 20 regionally-based Fish Habitat Partnerships. For more information visit: www.fishhabitat.org
| National Marine Electronics Association
The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) is a member based international trade association which creates interface standards and installer training programs to better ensure proper marine electronics installation and operation for commercial and recreational boating.
| Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Extraordinary client service is a hallmark of Womble Carlyle. We provide value by combining professional skill, technology, and a thorough understanding of our clients’ industries and needs to deliver high quality, cost-effective and responsive services in fields such as intellectual property, regulatory, products liability, and general business operational and dispute functions.
A full-service business law firm comprised of 550 lawyers in 15 offices, Womble Carlyle serves a wide range of regional, national and international clients in industries that include sportfishing/marine, healthcare, life sciences, financial services, commercial real estate, and telecommunications, as well as educational institutions and governmental bodies and agencies.