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.
- 2012 Election KeepAmericaFishing™ Update
- Hurricane Sandy's Devastation
- Fishing Participation is Up According to New 2011 USFWS Survey
- Billfish Conservation Act Signed into Law
- Budget Law Will Freeze Allocation Funds to States
- Black Sea Bass Fishery Closed for the remainder of 2012
- New KeepAmericaFishing™ Platinum Visa® Rewards Card
- Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2013, 2014 and 2015
2013 Consumer Shows
- ASA Members Support the New! Chicagoland Consumer Expo
Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
- RBFF Program Positively Impacts State Revenue and License Sales
- New RBFF Infographic Touts Boating and Fishing
- Mark Your Calendar for the 2013 Sportfishing Summit
2012 Election KeepAmericaFishing™ Update
The campaign ads are over and the American public has made its choice. No matter what your preference was in the Presidential race, and it was a race, it is now time to return to governing. At KeepAmericaFishing™ we believe in common sense and objective measures that lead to more fish and better fishing opportunities. With your help, KeepAmericaFishing will work to make certain those principles are in place through the course of this President’s tenure and the upcoming Congress. But this is a team effort. Even though we strive to bring to your attention the important issues for anglers and work hard on your behalf, we also need you to speak up when we ask. Do your part and visit www.KeepAmericaFishing.org on a regular basis. Help spread the word to your customers, friends and partners about issues that impact the American angler.
Hurricane Sandy's Devastation
The devastation that Superstorm Sandy left in its path is hard to imagine. We’ve all seen the images on television, online, in newspapers and magazines of the destruction to one of the most populated areas of the United States. With its miles of beaches and waters open to fishing and boating, it’s easy to imagine living and working along the East coast with fishing and boating playing an integral part of everyday life for millions of people. However, it’s going to take many years and billions of dollars for life and the landscape to return to some semblance of normalcy. ASA would like to send our heartfelt sympathy and good wishes to those impacted by this devastating storm. While the impact is still being fully assessed, it is clear that the damages are monumental and we hope that everyone and their families are safe.
Fishing Participation is Up According to New 2011 USFWS Survey
After two decades of flat or declining participation numbers, the new data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey on Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation shows an 11 percent increase in anglers compared to the 2006 survey. The industry’s investment in the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is seeing dividends in increased fishing participation numbers. The important thing to note is that the numbers are accounting for both licensed and non-licensed anglers. Most notable, however, is that anglers continued their strong spending habits. From equipment expenditures ($6.2 billion for anglers) to special equipment ($25 billion towards boats, RV's, ATV's and other such vehicles) to trip-related expenses totaling over $32 billion, sportsmen and women continue to direct their discretionary income toward their outdoor pursuits.
Billfish Conservation Act Signed into Law
On October 5, President Obama signed the Billfish Conservation Act of 2011 into law. The law, which is strongly supported by ASA, will conserve declining billfish populations by prohibiting the commercial harvest, trade and importation of Pacific billfish in the United States, but will not apply to billfish sold within the State of Hawaii or the Pacific Insular Area. It will now be illegal to harvest or import both Atlantic and Pacific-caught billfish into the United States. For more information, contact Ocean Resource Policy Director Mike Leonard, x230.
Budget Law Will Freeze Allocation Funds to States
In September, the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (SFRBTF) was recommended for a $34 million cut under sequestration. As a clarification, these funds won’t be withheld from the Trust Fund, but will not be apportioned to the states for fish restoration. This means that monies in the Trust Fund will build over time while the amount apportioned to each state will be cut by 7.6 percent each year that sequestration is in effect. The SFRBTF Act is unquestionably the most valuable federal legislation for anglers and fishery resources, delivering millions each year to state fishing and boating programs. This is the most important program for boating and angler access and fishery management in each state. It is also the core funding for each state’s sport fish restoration program and in some states it is the only source of funding aside from fishing license fees. Congress, with the cooperation of the Administration, must address the sequestration schedule and that will not occur until after the elections and possibly not until early 2013 and with a new Congress. For more information please check KeepAmericaFishing™.
Black Sea Bass Fishery Closed for the remainder of 2012
NOAA Fisheries announced that the recreational fishery for black sea bass in federal waters will be closed effective November 1 through the end of 2012. The early closure was prompted by the release of catch data that indicated the recreational harvest limit for black sea bass had been exceeded. In addition to a shortened season, the recreational fishery will face reduced catch limits in 2013 or 2014 to account for the overage. Fishing for black sea bass in state waters remains open. For more information please contact Ocean Resource Policy Director Mike Leonard, x230.
New KeepAmericaFishing™ Platinum Visa® Rewards Card
The KeepAmericaFishing™ Platinmum Visa® Rewards Card is now available! This card will help by making a donation of $50 to KeepAmericaFishing with a first purchase made within 90 days of approval and ongoing donations with subsequent purchases made with the card. In addition, it is a great way to spread the word about KeepAmericaFishing. There are several designs available as well as a customizable card. How can you help? Spread the word about the KeepAmericaFishing Platinum Visa® Rewards Card to your customers or friends—or even better—you can add it to your site using this link: http://www.cardpartner.com/affinity/app/kaf.
Mark Your Calendar for ICAST 2013, 2014 and 2015
Please mark your calendars for ICAST 2012 and 2013. We look forward to seeing you there.
ICAST 2013 – July 10 – 12, 2013, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
ICAST 2014 – July 16 – 18, 2014, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
ICAST 2015 – July 15 – 17, 2015, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
ASA Members Support the New! Chicagoland Expo
ASA’s new Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo will deliver a “sportfishing spectacular” to the Chicago market. Scheduled for January 24-27, 2013, at the Schaumburg Convention Center, the Expo will cover over 100,000 square feet. ASA members who have already committed to supporting this new event include : Daiwa Corporation, Frabill Inc., Plano Molding Company, Shimano American Corporation, G. Loomis Inc, Power Pro, St. Croix Rods, Rapala, Ardent Outdoors Inc, Wright-McGill Co. (Eagle Claw), Johnson Outdoors, Inc (Humminbird, MinnKota, Cannon Downriggers), Lew’s Fishing Tackle, Temple Fork Outfitters, Okuma Fishing Tackle Corporation, Aqua Logic, Inc (Robinson Wholesale), Garmin USA, Flambeau Products Corporation, WileyX Eyewear, Yellow Bird Products, Stick Jacket, Seaguar, Advantage Bait Company, Black Knight Industries (Gamma Fishing Line), Lucky Craft Inc., Outdoor InSite LLC (Fishidy), Lake-Link Inc, Dave’s Bait, Tackle & Taxidermy and Ono’s Polarized Performance Sunglasses. To reserve exhibit space, contact Tod Alberto or call (603) 431-4315. Visit the website at www.sportshows.com. View the Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ChicagoSportshow.
RBFF Program Positively Impacts State Revenue and License Sales
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the results from the 2012 State Fishing License Marketing Program, revealing more than $4.8 million was generated in gross program revenue, contributing to state conservation efforts. RBFF’s marketing program helps state agencies send targeted, well-timed and inviting direct mail pieces to lapsed anglers, reminding them of the pleasures of fishing, and encouraging them to renew their license. Since the State Fishing License Marketing Program was initiated five years ago, it has generated 1.3 million fishing license sales.
New RBFF Infographic Touts Boating and Fishing
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation recently released a new light-hearted infographic that showcases why boating and fishing should be the top choice when choosing among possible sporting activities. The fun graphic combines playful comparisons with vital statistics and is a great item for industry partners to share on their website and through their social channels. To view the infographic, please click here.
Mark Your Calendar for the 2013 Sportfishing Summit
The American Sportfishing Association invites you attend the 2013 Sportfishing Summit scheduled for October 16 – 18, at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Fla. We hosted the 2007 Summit at this resort with members and spouses giving the resort very high marks for venue, location and customer service. Information about the program and registration for the 2013 Summit will be available in mid-2013. For more information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, x227.