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.

Important Industry News

  • Landmark Vision for Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Unveiled

ICAST 2014

  • TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2014
  • Experient, Inc. is the Official Housing Partner of ICAST 2014
  • ICAST and IFTD are Co-Locating Again in Orlando
  • Thank You ICAST 2014 Sponsors
  • ICAST 2014 Sponsorships Are Available
  • The Southeast Recreational Fishing Market

Recreational Fishing and Conservation Policy Updates

  • Maine’s DNR Recommends No Soft Baits Legislative Action
  • Congress Makes Strides on Sportsmen’s Acts
  • Gulf Council Moves on Proposed Red Snapper Reallocation
  • Army Corps’ Report on Great Lakes Invasive Species
  • EPA Releases Bristol Bay Assessment
  • House Passes California Water Bill
  • Congress Passes Farm Bill
  • NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Confirmed

Data and Statistics

  • Fishing Tackle Imports Increase 2013 Third Quarter
  • Learn More About Anglers and Their Spending

Landmark Vision for Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Unveiled

A landmark report produced by the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management was introduced during a standing-room only news event on February 13, at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show. The report presents a new paradigm for conserving marine fishing resources while producing the full range of saltwater recreational fishing’s economic, social and conservation benefits. A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries outlines the nation’s most important recreational fisheries management issues and is intended to help guide federal policy decisions, particularly as Congress debates the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the law that governs the nation’s marine fisheries. During the press event ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman explained the real impact recreational fishing has on saltwater fisheries – using gumballs to make his point. Click here for the report and the video.

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TAKE ACTION – Register Now for ICAST 2014

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the world’s largest fishing trade show! Registration is open for ICAST 2014 taking place July 15 – 18, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. You can register for the show and make your hotel reservations at the same time. You can register online by going to and click on the Registration button. Please note that ICAST is open only to qualified members of the sportfishing trade. If you attended ICAST 2013, 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 2014 registration process. If you did not receive this email, contact Experient at, or call 301-694-5243.

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Experient, Inc. is the Official Housing Partner of ICAST 2014

Please be aware that there are a number of housing companies who may contact you and misrepresent themselves as agents for ICAST 2014 offering discounted rates at various Orlando hotels. Experient, Inc. is the only company authorized by the American Sportfishing Association and the ICAST team to make hotel reservations for ICAST 2014. ASA has negotiated with a wide selection of hotels in Orlando to obtain the best price possible at the hotels nearest to the convention center. Booking with businesses unaffiliated with ICAST makes it impossible for the ICAST team to assist you should there be a problem with your reservations.

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ICAST and IFTD are Co-Locating Again in Orlando

ICAST and IFTD are co-locating for a second year at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. from July 15-18. ASA and AFFTA will each manage its own trade show but will combine some functions where it makes good business sense and benefits exhibitors and show attendees, such as show registration, the show directory and having the same show hours.

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Thank You ICAST 2014 Sponsors

ASA would like to thank its generous members who have already signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2014 sponsors are: GoldCrocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; Rapala; and Take Me Fishing™. SilverDave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing; Gemini Sports Marketing; In-Fisherman; and Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corp. BronzeBuck Knives; Classic Fishing Products, Inc.; Columbia; L & L Outdoor Products; Nu-Canoe and Sunsect, Inc. This list is current as of February 18, 2014.

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ICAST 2014 Sponsorships Are Available

An ICAST sponsorship is an effective way to highlight your company’s name in front of the global sportfishing community. By becoming an ICAST sponsor, your company will benefit from stand-alone recognition for your company and/or products and also help increase sales by leveraging your presence at ICAST. For more information on sponsorships, contact Trade Show Director Kenneth Andres, x231.

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The Southeast Recreational Fishing Market

One in every $10.00 spent in the United States on fishing is spent in Florida. Even more impressive is the fact that 38 percent of anglers in the United States call the Southeast region home. Overall, more than $16 billion in fishing retail sales are realized annually in the Southeastern market. In fact, one half of the United States sportfishing dollars are spent east of the Mississippi River. Information provided by Southwick Associates.

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Maine’s DNR Recommends No Soft Baits Legislative Action

The Maine Department on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife presented their final report on the effects of soft baits on fish and the environment on January 28. The Department presented the final conclusion “…the Department does not recommend any legislation at this time.” The report made a number of recommendations to enhance its angler education programs by involving anglers, angler organizations and the sportfishing industry. ASA is pleased with the recommendations made by the Department and will be reaching out to work with them on a proposed angler education program.

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Congress Makes Strides on Sportsmen’s Acts

The House of Representatives passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act) on February 5, just one day after Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014. Both packages include the Recreational Hunting and Fishing Heritage Opportunities Act, which promotes public access for fishing and hunting as well as the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act which will block attempts to federally ban lead in recreational fishing equipment and ammunition by clarifying the Toxic Substances Control Act. Please visit KeepAmericaFishing™ and urge your Senators to cosponsor the Senate bill. 

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Gulf Council Moves on Proposed Red Snapper Reallocation

During its February meeting, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to move forward with Amendment 28, which for the first time since 1990 would reallocate Gulf of Mexico red snapper quotas. The Council selected Alternative 5 as its preferred alternative. Alternative 5 calls for any increases in quota over 9.12 million pounds to be allocated 75 percent to the recreational sector and 25 percent to the commercial sector. A final decision by the Council will be made during its May meeting.

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Army Corps’ Report on Great Lakes Invasive Species

The Army Corps of Engineers recently released their “Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study” which outlines eight alternatives to control the spread of invasive species. The alternatives range from a business-as-usual option, to chemical control and educational programs, to a lock system for the Chicago Area Waterway System, to hydrologically separating the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. These options could take as long as twenty five years and cost upwards of eighteen billion dollars. The Corps has not designated any one alternative as the preferred plan nor does any plan take into consideration aquatic transport of invasive species.

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EPA Releases Bristol Bay Assessment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment describing the potential impacts to salmon and the environment from the proposed Pebble Mine. The assessment shows that the large-scale mine operations would cause immediate loss of ninety miles of salmon spawning waters and would negatively affect the drainage of the entire Bristol Bay watershed as well as salmon and trout populations. Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) released a statement that the mine would harm not only the salmon and the environment but jobs and the overall economy of the state.

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House Passes California Water Bill

On February 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, which would have devastating effects on salmon, anglers, thousands of small businesses and the economy by permanently preempting more than a century of state water law and water rights. It directs the United States to violate its obligations to restore the San Joaquin River, obligations that are in the Congressionally- and court-approved 2009 San Joaquin River Restoration Act. The bill also weakens or eliminates federal protections for salmon and other fisheries by allowing unlimited numbers of salmon and other native fish to be killed by eliminating environmental flows set to protect these fish when water levels decrease. ASA continues to monitor this bill and will ask KeepAmericaFishing members to oppose the measure in the Senate.

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Congress Passes Farm Bill

The bipartisan Agricultural Act of 2014, or the Farm Bill, was signed into law on February 7, 2014. The Farm Bill, which is to be reauthorized every five years, addresses national agriculture, food and conservation policy. The 2014 reauthorization addresses both fishing and hunting priorities by supporting multiple conservation provisions as well as expanding incentives for public access on private lands.

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NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Confirmed

Eileen Sobeck has been named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. She will oversee management and conservation of recreational and commercial fisheries, marine mammal protection and coastal fisheries habitat. Most recently, Sobeck served as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs.

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Fishing Tackle Imports Increase 2013 Third Quarter

Fishing tackle imports values increased in the third quarter of 2013 over the same quarter in 2012. Artificial baits, hooks, nets, line, leaders and reels valued from $2.71 and over showed increases compared to the same quarter last year. Reels valued to $2.70, reel parts and accessories, rods and rod parts and accessories showed a decrease compared to the same quarter last year. Overall, imports were up 6.5 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012, but down 15.7 percent from the previous quarter. For more information, contact Rob Southwick at 904-277-9765.

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Learn More about Anglers and Their Spending

Visit the Facts and Figures pages on to learn more about anglers’ spending and participation. New tables are being added regularly to help explain the characteristics of U.S. anglers and the trends and factors driving the trade.

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