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The Sportfishing Summit - ASA's Premiere Networking Event

New Orleans Welcomes Us to the Big Easy
Please mark your calendar now for the 2016 Sportfishing Summit being held Tuesday,
October 4, through Friday, October 7, at the Ritz Carlton in fabulous New Orleans, La.

This year, we are going to hone in even more on how to grow participation in the sport. We need to not just keep the anglers we have, but be as creative and innovative as possible to grow the angling base to help ensure our industry’s future.

Our keynote speakers are experts in the fields of incorporating new technology in our efforts and further helping us to understand the characteristics of the upcoming generations, especially Gen Z – our next generation of anglers.

For more information about everything that New Orleans has to offer, please check out the website that the visitor’s bureau created just for us!

Thank You 2016 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors!

The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2016 Sportfishing Summit.

Click here to go to the Summit sponsor page. For more information on Sportfishing Summit sponsorships, contact Membership Director Jill Calabria, x234.

Premium - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pure Fishing, Inc., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Forest Service

Gold - Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s Inc., Costa, Southwick Associates,and Take Me Fishing / Vamos A Pescar

Silver - Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, National Fish Habitat Partnership, National Marine Electronics Association and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.

The sponsors are current as of August 29, 2016.

The 2016 Sportfishing Summit Expanded Agenda

All Summit attendees are welcome are welcome to attend the meetings and general sessions as well as the evening receptions and the not-to-be missed reception and awards dinner on Thursday evening at the National World War II Museum. We will provide shuttle service to the museum.

Click here for the full Summit agenda.

Click here for the Board of Directors and Committee meetings.


If you have any questions about the program, please contact ASA Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson,, or call 703-519-9691, x227.

See you in October!

Guest, Keynote and Featured Speakers

Our keynote and other speakers are chosen based on their ability to provide you with new ideas and practical information to help you and our industry.

Click here to see this year’s guest, keynote and featured speakers.

2016 Summit Registration is Open! Register Now!

The 2016 Sportfishing Summit registration is now open. Once again, we are offering discounted registration fees for multiple members from one company.

Click here for the registration form. Please email your form to Membership Director Jill Calabria,, or fax it to 703-519-9691.

Making Your 2016 Hotel Reservations

The Ritz Carlton has two options for housing accommodations - a deluxe King Bed a deluxe Double. Both rooms are both $209.00 per night.

Reservations by Phone

Please call (800) 826-8987 to make housing arrangements using the following codes, depending on your preference:
ASA Group Code - deluxe King - TYGTYGA
ASA Group Code - deluxe Double -TYGTYGB

Online Reservations

Click here for deluxe King reservations
Click here for deluxe Double reservations

Transportation and Parking

Traveling to the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The Ritz-Carlton is located at 921 Canal Street in downtown New Orleans. Their direct number is (504) 524-1331.

The New Orleans International Airport is closest to the resort and is a half hour drive from the hotel. The hotel does not have shuttle service.

If you require transportation assistance, or if you have other personal requests, please call the hotel’s Concierge Services at (504) 524-1331, ext. 4200. You are always welcome to arrange for your own transportation.

Parking at the Ritz-Carlton
For registered guests, the Ritz-Carlton offers valet parking priced at $45 per day, overnight, plus tax. Please call Concierge Services at (504) 524-1331, ext. 4200, if you have any questions regarding parking during your stay.

Spouses’ and Guests’ Agenda

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is centrally located on the edge of the French Quarter on Canal Street, near the Garden District.

Although there are a number of things to do in New Orleans, we have a Welcome Breakfast planned and several other options available for our spouses and guests.

Click here for more information about the breakfast and optional tours.

What to Expect at the Sportfishing Summit

Board of Directors and Committee Meetings
All Summit 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.

General Sessions
Key players in the business world, our industry and fisheries conservation and management and policy discuss the most important issues affecting our livelihood.

Featured Speakers
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.

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