|The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association, committed to looking out for the interests of the entire sportfishing community.|
We give the industry a unified voice speaking out when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself.
We invest in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic and conservation values of sportfishing in America.
ASA also represents the interests of America’s 60 million anglers who generate over $45 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for over one million people.
Bringing premier benefits to our members guides everything we do at the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). For more information on the American Sportfishing Association, contact us at (703) 519-9691, or email@example.com. To request information, visit www.asafishing.org/tellmemore.
Protecting Your Business Interests
ASA fosters strong relationships with Members of Congress, conservation and recreation partners and state and federal government leaders to ensure that sportfishing interests are well represented when policy decisions are made. Advocating on behalf of all our members is ASA’s way of keeping watch on the existing and potential laws and policies that significantly affect our members’ businesses and sportfishing itself. We give the sportfishing industry a resonating voice in influential circles in all states and the nation’s capital.
ASA’s online Legislative Action Center enables members to easily contact their Members of Congress or reach the media within a geographic area to assist ASA in its advocacy efforts. ASA also maintains www.keepamericafishing.org, a Web site dedicated to access issues across the nation. ASA members, anglers and the general public can easily find information about pending legislation and other actions that could impede access to their favorite fishing and destination spots.
Business and Networking Opportunities
ASA produces the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST), the premier trade event for the sportfishing industry and the largest showcase of fishing gear and accessories in the world. ICAST 2010 will be held July 14–16, 2010, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. This event draws 7,000 attendees annually; a network of your industry colleagues.
Each October, ASA hosts the Sportfishing Summit, our annual business meeting and leading sportfishing community networking event. From special sessions, to business workshops to association committee meetings, the Summit provides a wide-range of opportunities to gain information on the most relevant issues facing the sportfishing industry. The 2009 Summit will be held October 27–29, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, Calif.
Through our consumer show partnership with Fred Hall & Associates on the West Coast and ASA’s Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Exposition consumer shows in the Northeast, we’re securing sound investments for fishing’s future and the future of the sportfishing industry.
ASA also offers its members a variety of discount packages on business products and services and insurance packages that can help them run a more successful business.
Conservation, Education and New Anglers
The FishAmerica Foundation is the American Sportfishing Association’s fisheries conservation and research foundation. The foundation is committed to keeping our fisheries and waterways healthy. Since its first grant in 1983 which helped to improve fishing at a family fishing pond in Oklahoma to providing funds for the removal of fish passage barriers, the foundation has invested $10 million in 1,000 community-based fisheries conservation and habitat improvement projects in all 50 states and in Canada. The foundation annually provides more than $1 million in grants to local communities to enhance sportfish populations, restore their habitat, improve water quality and advance fisheries research.
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation—www.rbff.org—promotes recreational fishing and boating through the national Take Me Fishing awareness campaign, the Anglers’ Legacy program aimed at encouraging avid anglers to pledge to introduce someone new to the sport, the state fish and wildlife angler recruitment initiative and other activities.
Industry Data Reports
Sportfishing in America is a synopsis of the information found in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation providing information about angler numbers, annual days of fishing, sportfishing expenditures and their associated economic impacts. Breakouts are provided for freshwater, saltwater and Great Lakes fishing. The report is available on ASA’s Web site.
Today’s Angler is a more detailed synopsis of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation produced by ASA and geared toward the sportfishing industry. This report provides detailed information on angler preferences and vital statistics that will assist ASA members in learning about their target markets. The report is available at no cost to ASA members and for $250 to partners and prospective members.
Keeping You Informed
ASA’s Web site—www.asafishing.org—is the most comprehensive resource for information about the American Sportfishing Association. Our Web site provides current information on industry data and statistics, shows and events, government affairs, member services and our non-profit foundation. We strive to provide all of our key services online, such as policy updates and newsletters.
Our monthly e-mail news bulletin, the ASA Member Update, provides current information for our members and partners on issues, events and activities of importance to the sportfishing community.
Policy Watch is a monthly update emailed to the sportfishing community regarding ASA’s Government Affairs activities. ASA will issue a Policy Alert whenever action needs to be taken by our members on a specific issue.
American Sportfishing is the association’s bi-monthly e-newsletter providing a broader view of the activities of ASA and our partners. American Sportfishing includes information about industry news, events, perspectives and trends that affect the sportfishing community. American Sportfishing is also posted on our Web site, www.asafishing.org.
ASA fosters strong relationships with Members of Congress, conservation and recreation partners and state and federal government leaders to ensure that sportfishing interests are well represented when policy decisions are made. ASA maintains www.keepamericafishing.org an information resource dedicated to highlighting fishing access issues. Anglers can easily find information about pending legislation and other actions that could impede them from enjoying their favorite sport.