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

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

The Sportfishing Summit is a Great Investment in Your Business

The Sportfishing Summit – being held October 9-12, at the Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms, just outside Charleston, S.C. – is the only venue where people representing the entire sportfishing community come together to discuss a wide range of issues and events that impact our industry’s future.

The networking breakfasts, lunches and the Hospitality Suite also offer informal ways to discuss issues that impact your business.

You do not need to be a committee member or a board of directors member to attend the Summit.

Go to to register, make housing arrangements and see the agenda and keynote speakers.

The receptions and Thursday night awards dinner are included in your meeting registration.

Wednesday is a Special Night
Wednesday evening begins with our annual Welcome Reception at the Grand Pavilion and Gazebo that overlooks the ocean. The reception is from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

After that, we will have a trolley available to provide transportation to and from Sullivan’s Island, which is adjacent to the Isle of Palms. Sullivan’s Island has a variety of additional dining options for those who don’t wish to travel into Charleston.

The trolley will leave from the Boardwalk Inn and drop-off and pick-up at the Sullivan’s Island Post Office.

Thursday Evening’s Reception and Dinner
Our annual reception and dinner will be held at the beautiful Citadel Beach House, which is a short trolley ride from the Boardwalk Inn.

The reception is from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the beach front patio. Dinner and the awards presentations are from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. inside the Citadel.

Transportation will be provided between the Boardwalk Inn and the Citadel Beach House.

Click here for a look at this beautiful location.

Take Advantage of the Early Bird 2018 Summit Registration and Hotel Reservations

The early bird deadline for registration and the housing block is Friday, September 7. Make your plans now for the 2018 Sportfishing Summit.

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Check Out the Summit Agenda-at-a-Glance

More information about the Summit is being added to the website on a regular basis. Please check back for updates.

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ICAST 2018 Was Bigger Than Ever!

ICAST, along with the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show and the Marine Accessories Pavilion, encompassed 220,000 net square feet of its new location in the North/South Building. ICAST hosted 626 exhibitors.

There were more than 15,000 people registered for the show, including 1,154 people from 71 countries, which translates into a significant opportunity for exhibitors to do business on a global scale.

Please mark your calendar now for ICAST 2019 being held July 9 – 12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Relive Your Favorite Moments from ICAST 2018

From the show floor, to Super Tuesday events, to the State of the Industry Breakfast and the New Product Showcase awards, we’ve captured all the best moments of ICAST 2018.

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The New Product Showcase Best of Category and Best of Show Awards

The New Product Showcase provides unique visibility for the latest and greatest innovations in sportfishing gear and accessories.

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ICAST Super Tuesday

ICAST Super Tuesday – On the Water, the FLW ICAST Cup Bass Fishing Tournament and the Florida Sportsman’s Bass & Birdies Golf Classic – was a success.

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Government Affairs and Fisheries Policy Update

Administration Proposes Even Higher China Tariffs that Could Impact ASA Members

The Administration is now proposing to impose tariffs of 25 percent (up from 10 percent) on that $200 billion list of products imported from China.

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California’s Prop 65 Compliance Deadline Applies to You

California’s Proposition 65 Labeling Requirements Change on August 30, 2018.

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Message from Government Affairs: Modern Fish Act Passes House During ICAST 2018

This is a piece written by ASA’s Conservation Director, Mike Leonard, featured in Sportfishing Magazine on July 23, 2018.

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President Signs Angler-Backed Billfish Conservation Act Into Law

On August 2, the President signed a bill to amend the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012.

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Bill to Reduce Sea Lion Predation on Salmon and Steelhead passes the House, and Senate Commerce Committee

On June 26, 2018 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Act.

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Industry Reinforces Commitment to Conservation Through Renewed FishSmart Program

On June 25, the American Sportfishing Association announced the launch of a new project to improve the survival of caught-and-released fish in the South Atlantic, as part of the FishSmart program.

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Commerce Department Announces Regional Council Appointments

On June 27, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the 2018 Regional Fishery Management Council (RFMC) appointments with a nod to recreational fishing.

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Fishing in the South Atlantic

There are a number of decisions and programs that impact recreational fishing in the South Atlantic area.

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