Tag Archives: American Sportfishing Association

ICAST reels in plenty of business in Orlando

ICAST returns to Orlando

The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, recently returned to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Hosting 10,850 attendees, ICAST generated an estimated economic impact of $27.9 million for the region. “ICAST continues to be the industry’s premier trade show where valuable business relationships are born, strengthened and celebrated. The OCCC ...

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Putting the “I” in ICAST

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By David Gee I came, I saw, I cast. Literally. Thousands of people recently descended upon the Orlando Convention Center for ICAST 2021, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. It’s the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel, and helps to drive recreational fishing sales. And sales are up, way up, and that’s no fish story. ...

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Outdoor groups call on Congress to pass conservation work legislation

Earlier this week, a coalition of ten organizations – including NMMA – called on Congress to consider conservation priorities as policymakers draft economic recovery legislation. NMMA joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, American Sportfishing Association, and others in identifying a list of shared legislative priorities with House and Senate leadership. The ...

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ASA reveals plans for ICAST 2020 Online

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ICAST, the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show, has transitioned from a physical show to a virtual event with ICAST 2020 Online. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the show’s producer, is committed to delivering attendees and exhibitors alike an engaging, interactive online trade show experience. The virtual trade show will take place July 13 – 17, 2020, and will offer virtual “booths” where ...

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Outdoor recreation industry makes final push for Great American Outdoors Act

Over 100 outdoor businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to mom-and-pop shops, including specialty retailers, apparel, gear and vehicle manufacturers, outfitters and guides, campground and marina operators, and more sent a letter to Senate leadership urging swift passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) in order to stimulate the outdoor recreation industry, made up of thousands of small businesses, and provide safe ...

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American Sportfishing Association recognizes industry, conservation leaders

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During the 2019 Sportfishing Summit, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recognized four individuals who dedicated their careers to help ensure that the industry, and anglers across the U.S., have well-managed fisheries, clean water, access to our public lands and waters and a viable business environment. In addition, ASA awarded its first-place Angling Awareness Award to a veteran outdoor writer whose work is ...

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President Trump signs Modern Fish Act

The recreational fishing and boating community is celebrating the enactment of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), which was signed into law by President Trump Dec. 31. The Modern Fish Act finally recognizes in federal law the differences between recreational and commercial fishing and adds more appropriate management tools for policymakers to use in managing federal ...

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New report highlights recreational fishing’s broad economic impact

A new report, “Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation,” highlights how recreational fishing not only endures as an activity that permeates all social and economic aspects of Americans’ lives, but also plays a significant role in the country’s most successful fisheries conservation efforts. The study was produced for the American Sportfishing Association, the industry’s trade association, by Southwick ...

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NMMA holds first boating and fishing aquatic invasive species coalition meeting

On Monday, NMMA hosted the inaugural meeting of the Boating and Fishing Aquatic Invasive Species Coalition, which is comprised of stakeholder organizations from around the country. The coalition, spearheaded my NMMA, was formed to present a united front on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) policies at the federal level. At the meeting, the coalition unanimously agreed to support the U.S. Army ...

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Anglers and boaters engage policymakers during ‘Center Focus on Washington’

The Center for Sportfishing Policy recently hosted its annual fly-in “Center Focus on Washington,” where recreational anglers and boaters participated in critical discussions with key policymakers over the two-day meeting held May 9-11. As in years past, the Center co-located its fly-in with the American Boating Congress (ABC) hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).   Key issues for ...

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