ASA News is the monthly e-newsletter from the American Sportfishing Association. Please scroll down for the complete document. Use the links in the right hand navigation under the specific topic area to access additional information.

For more information contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, (703) 519-9691, x227.

Sportfishing News

  • REI CEO Nominated for Interior Secretary
  • New Sportfishing Economic Report Now Available on ASA Website
  • RBFF Releases New Marketing Guide

ICAST 2013

  • Register Now for ICAST 2013
  • ICAST Recognized as One of the Nation’s Top Trade Shows

Policy Updates

  • Hurricane Sandy Relief Signed Into Law
  • NMFS Releases Saltwater Allocation Report
  • Maine Introduces Legislation That Impacts Fishing
  • Maine’s Department of Energy Proposing Ban on E15
  • Deepwater Horizon Settlement Approved
  • NOAA Releases International Fishing Report
  • Virginia Bill Would Strengthen Boating Laws

REI CEO Nominated for Interior Secretary

ASA applauds the nomination of Sally Jewell for Department of the Interior Secretary. Jewell is the President and CEO of REI, a national retailer of outdoor gear and clothing. Prior to joining REI, Jewell already had two decades of experience in commercial banking, and began her professional career as an engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation. Jewell has been a spokesperson for President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which promotes reconnecting Americans to the outdoors and supports community-level conservation of fish and wildlife habitat. She also served on the “National Parks Second Century Commission,” whose goal was to help shape the future of the National Parks System which is under Interior’s jurisdiction. For more information, contact ASA VP Gordon Robertson, x237.

> back to top

New Sportfishing Economic Report Now Available on ASA Website

Despite competition from other outdoor activities and increased urbanization, recreational fishing remains one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the nation, as well as one of the most solid industries in the United States. According to Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation, recently released by ASA, anglers generate $48 billion in retail sales annually with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy, creating employment for more than 828,000 people. Sportfishing in America, compiled by Southwick Associates, is available free and uses everyday language to explain how sportfishing benefits the economy and the tremendous conservation contributions made by anglers. Contact Rob Southwick for more information or call 904- 277-9765.

> back to top

RBFF Releases New Marketing Guide

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) has updated its Take Me Fishing™ Marketing Guide to help partners with their marketing and event planning needs. The Guide includes free, customizable materials including: artwork for event signage, web banners, direct mail postcards, print ads, radio commercials, television PSAs, industry research, logo and photo library, information on National Fishing and Boating Week, email marketing tips and tricks, social media tips and a suggested content calendar. Visit for more information.

> back to top

TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2013

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the world’s largest sportfishing tradeshow! Registration is open for ICAST 2013 taking place July 9 – 12, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. We’ve improved the registration process this year so you can now register for the show and make your hotel reservations at the same time. You can register online at Please note that ICAST is open only to qualified members of the sportfishing trade. If you attended ICAST 2012, you should have received an email from Experient, our registration company, with your user name and password which you’ll need to start the ICAST 2013 registration process. If you did not receive this email, contact Experient at, or call 301-694-5243.

> back to top

ICAST Recognized as One of the Nation’s Top Trade Shows

Read all about it! ICAST was recently recognized by Trade Show Executive as an honoree for its top award in the 2012 Total Attendance category. The 50 top performers in each of three groups — net square feet, number of exhibiting companies and attendance — will be honored for their elite status over 4,000 other U.S. trade shows at the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, being held May 8-10, 2013 in Chicago. A total of 93 shows made the list, due to legendary records in multiple metrics. ICAST 2013 is being held July 9 – 12, at the Las Vegas Convention Center and we expect an even bigger crowd this year!

> back to top

Hurricane Sandy Relief Signed into Law

On January 29, President Obama signed a $50.6 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster relief package into law after being passed by the Senate. In addition to assisting displaced individuals and families, the law has several provisions that would help the recreational fishing community, including funds to restore shore-side fishery infrastructure such as marinas and boat ramps; help small businesses such as bait and tackle shops recover; and repair damaged fisheries research facilities. Together with flood insurance monies approved during the 112th Congress, the total Sandy-related assistance is $60.4 billion. For more information, contact Ocean Resource Policy Director Mike Leonard, x230.

> back to top

NMFS releases Saltwater Allocation Report

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released a report – “Marine Fishery Allocation Issues: Findings, Discussion, and Options” – which summarizes how saltwater fisheries have historically been apportioned between recreational and commercial fishing and provides options on how to improve the allocation process. The report provides insights and suggestions that NMFS and the Regional Fishery Management Councils should act upon, including the need for formalized guidance on issues to consider when making allocation decisions. For more information, contact Ocean Resource Policy Director Mike Leonard, x230.

> back to top

Maine Introduces Legislation That Impacts Fishing

In January, Maine’s House of Representatives were asked to consider two pieces of legislation that would have a significant impact on recreational fishing in that state. LD 43 would require the use of hooks made of materials that degrade or decompose through either chemical or physical processes. LD 42 would ban artificial lures that are made of rubber. ASA opposes both measures and is working with local angler organizations to defeat the bills. ASA also understands that Maine’s Audubon Society and other groups are requesting a bill to ban the possession of lead sinkers one ounce and less in weight. Current Maine statutes prohibit the sale of sinkers that size. For more information contact Policy Fellow Libby Yranski, x244.

> back to top

Maine’s Department of Energy Proposing Ban on E15

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing to introduce legislation that would ban gasoline blends higher than 10 percent ethanol. The language is being finalized by the DEP and has not yet been introduced. If lawmakers do pass an E15 ban it would only go into effect if two other New England states also ban the blended gasoline. To date, no other New England states have any bans in place. This legislation appears to have the support of Maine’s residents particularly because of the voided auto warranties due to E15 damage.

> back to top

Deepwater Horizon settlement approved

In January, a federal judge approved the $4 billion criminal settlement between the Department of Justice and British Petroleum (BP). Along with the monetary settlement, BP will serve a five-year probation, including appointing monitors for process safety and ethics along with independent contractors to oversee operations. Civil charges, which fund the RESTORE Act, continue to be ongoing and will be settled at a later date. In addition, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, the body charged with developing and overseeing implementation of a comprehensive plan to help restore the ecosystem and economy of the Gulf Coast region in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill per the RESTORE Act, released the “Path Forward to Restoring the Gulf Coast: A Proposed Comprehensive Plan”. This plan reflects the work done thus far in creating a detailed comprehensive restoration plan.

> back to top

NOAA Releases International Fishing Report

NOAA Fisheries released to Congress its “Improving International Fisheries Management” report. This report identifies those nations that engaged in illegal unregulated and unreported fishing in either 2011 or 2012. It also identified those countries that had ineffective management preventing unintended catch of protection species. The report also addresses shark conservation and protection.

> back to top

Virginia Bill Would Strengthen Boating Laws

The Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act, S.B. 1117, was introduced to the Virginia state legislature in January. The bill would create important protections for boat owners, marine dealers, law enforcement and loan providers. SB 1117 will put Virginia first among the states that are working to adopt the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) model act. Uniform of titling requirements, such as exists nationwide under the ULC’s motor vehicle titling act, will provide seamless transparency as boats are bought and sold across state lines. This helps law enforcement identify boats stolen from other states and protects recreational boat owners. ASA, along with the National Marine Manufacturers Association and BoatUS supports this bill and has submitted comments to Virginia’s Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources.

> back to top