Our goal is to provide a venue for our members to network with their industry colleagues and friends as well as hear information about the industry’s the future, and other information that will help them improve their business practices.
Please mark your calendar now for the 2017 Sportfishing Summit being held Tuesday, October 10, through Friday, October 13, at the Opal Sands Resort in sunny Clearwater Beach, Fla.
More than 220 people representing 116 companies and organizations registered for the event.
The 2016 Sportfishing Summit program agenda focused heavily on angler participation and how to increase the number of people fishing and boating. Current participation trends show younger, more diverse audiences are reluctant to take up fishing and boating, all the while older white males are aging out of the sport.
Decreased fishing and boating participation will have an impact on our nation’s economy, conservation efforts and the fishing and boating industries.
The association’s committees addressed a number of other issues relating to access to public waters, increasing participation in fishing, ICAST, the industry’s trade show, growing the membership and focusing on charting a course for the future.
Board of Directors and Committee Meetings
All meeting attendees are encouraged to attend the committee and board of directors meetings in order to gain a better understanding of how the association staff and the membership work to help ensure our business future.
Key players in the business world, our industry and fisheries conservation and management and policy discuss the most important issues affecting our livelihood.
Special guest speakers provide new ideas and practical information to help guide members’ business ventures.
Social Events and Networking Opportunities
Summit attendees can renew relationships with colleagues and friends in a low-key environment.