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Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species.
Led by President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the killing of wildlife for commercial purposes. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies.
These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time. Populations of white-tailed deer, elk, antelope, wild turkey, wood ducks and many other fish and wildlife species began to recover from decades of unregulated exploitation.
A Message from the American Sportfishing Association About Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts
It’s no small miracle that we can host our annual business meeting in Clearwater Beach, Fla. in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma’s wide-spread destruction. Although the storm did not wreak as much havoc in the Tampa area as first feared, there was still a lot of water and wind damage.
When we heard that the Opal Sands was open and ready for business, there was no doubt that we would continue to hold our meeting here. Although we are a small business meeting, we are happy to be making this investment in the community’s recovery.
We also want to acknowledge all the first responders including the response from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the time and effort it will take to assess the damage to the state’s fish and wildlife resources.
You Can Help the FWC Recovery Efforts
Now, these heroes need our help as they deal with storm destruction to their own homes.
Please consider donating to the FWC Emergency Assistance Fund, launched by the nonprofit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. All funds received will be distributed to FWC employees and families impacted by the hurricane.
Click here to support the FWC’s relief efforts.
Please Support All the Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts
Together, Texas and Florida are significant fishing states, with resident and non-resident anglers contributing millions to the states’ economies.
The same can apply to U.S. Virgin Islands which attracted people from around the world.
And now Puerto Rico has been ravaged by Hurricane Maria where it could take months to restore power.
There are many local, regional and national relief organizations providing supplies and volunteer support.
Please use your best judgment as to how to donate to the ongoing response and recovery efforts.
ASA thanks the first responders, its members, the boaters and anglers and everyone who have given generously of their time and money to respond to these heart wrenching disasters.
2017 Sportfishing Summit
If you are still planning on attending the Summit, please read this important information.
ASA would like to thank its generous members and other organizations who signed on as Sportfishing Summit sponsors.
Information about the Summit is continually being updated. Please check back for updates.
Please join us at the 2017 Sportfishing Summit for these special events including the Newcomers Meet and Greet.
Thematically, we will to continue to focus on growing participation in the sport.
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