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WOW Partners' News
NRA to Sponsor 2005 Youth Wildlife Art Contest
American Sportfishing Association July 2005 Member Update
2005 Sportfishing Summit Registration Now Available
Wisconsin Bill Will Put More Sportsmen in the Field
Judge Grants Partial Dismissal of Lawsuit to Close Hunting on Refuges
Nominations for NRA’s Women’s Awards Due November 1

National Youth Program Brings Outdoor Sports to Scouting Families
American Sportfishing Association Member Update

 

 

October 2005
|American Sportfishing Association Member Update

Member Updates are periodic information sources for members of the American Sportfishing Association and partners on issues of interest to the future of fishing. For more information, contact ASA Communications, 703.519.9691.

This is a partial list of the topics covered in this update. Please scroll down for the complete document. ASA Member Updates are available in the ASA Newsroom.

2005 Sportfishing Summit Overview

FishAmerica Announces Gulf Fund

Sportfishing Summit Attendees Have Their Say

ASA Board Approves Plans

ASA Thanks Summit Sponsors

2006 Sportfishing Summit—San Diego, CA

ICAST-ing in 2006

Welcome New Members!

ASA Membership Invoices Sent

Anglersurvey.com Launched in September

Policy Watch—Government Affairs Update

Future Fisherman Foundation Update

FishAmerica Foundation Updates

Message from ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman

2005 Sportfishing Summit—Bringing Industry Leaders Together
From Oct. 5-7, more than 125 sportfishing industry leaders representing 65 companies and organizations from the United States and Europe met in Key Largo to focus on issues surrounding angling participation, the federal manufacturers’ excise tax on sportfishing equipment and the future of the industry and beyond. Three representatives from this country’s most prominent consumer participation success stories—NASCAR, NMMA’s “Grow Boating” initiative, and the “Milk Moustache” campaign—shined the spotlight on their industry challenges. Ron Ten Berge, Pure Fishing, Inc., set the stage by providing an overview of current angling participation numbers. Summit attendees were also provided with an in-depth look at opportunities and challenges facing recreational angling from the wholesale, manufacturer, retail and marketing points of view. Federal and state officials also provided an overview on an array of topics including the excise tax, the management and administration of the dollars generated by the tax and state and federal fisheries management programs. Look for a full reporting on special speakers, sessions, and committee activities in the next issue of ASA’s newsletter due out next month. For more information, visit ASA’s Web site or contact Mary Jane Williamson, x227.

FishAmerica Announces Gulf Fund
During the Summit, FishAmerica Foundation announced its intent to help the Gulf Coast rebuild its sportfish habitat and facilities with the establishment of the Gulf Fund. The foundation will work with state and federal natural resource agencies to identify and prioritize projects. Recreational fishing and boating are significant contributors to the economy of this area and it’s only appropriate that the sportfishing community play a role in helping rebuild it. FishAmerica accepts cash, checks or credit card contributions. Please make checks payable to FishAmerica Gulf Fund and mail to FishAmerica, 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA, 22314 or go online to www.fishamerica.org for information on credit card donations. For more information, contact Foundation Managing Director Johanna Laderman, x245.

Sportfishing Summit Attendees Have Their Say
According to the results, 100 percent of the survey respondents rated the 2005 Sportfishing Summit as good or excellent. The Thursday morning signature session, “Challenges Facing Angling Participation,” received high marks by the attendees. Respondents indicated that they would like to hear more about how other organizations deal with increasing consumer participation as well as increasing industry participation at future Summits. If you attended the Summit, but did not complete an evaluation, please fill out the Evaluation Form and fax it to 703.519.1872. We would like to hear your thoughts. If you would like more information, contact Brad Fisher, x222, or Ann Sweeney, x241.

ASA Board of Directors Approves Plans
During its October 6 meeting, ASA’s Board of Directors unanimously approved plans to develop a new comprehensive sponsorship program through a Chicago-based firm experienced working with associations. The Board also approved a plan to raise the profile and effectiveness of the association’s federal political action committee (PAC). In addition, the Board also moved to dedicate more resources to strengthening and streamlining the Data and Statistics program. The Board, along with the association’s committees, met during the 2005 Sportfishing Summit. For more information, contact Gordon Robertson, x237.

ASA Thanks Our 2005 Summit Sponsors
ASA would especially like to thank its sponsors—Shimano American Corporation, Fishing Tackle Retailer/ESPN Outdoors, the Trust for Public Land, the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, BASS/ESPN Outdoors, Pure Fishing, Inc., SportScanINFO and Florida Fishing Weekly—for helping make this year’s membership meeting a great success.

2006 Sportfishing Summit—Make Your Calendars for Sunny San Diego
ASA invites its members and partners to join us for the 2006 Sportfishing Summit scheduled for October 18-20 at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, Calif. ASA’s staff and Board of Directors met immediately after the 2005 Summit to jump-start the planning process for 2006. ASA plans to have a program in place before and information distributed before ICAST 2006. For more information, contact Mary Jane Williamson, x227.

ICAST-ing in 2006
As of September 29, 2005 exhibitors have reserved 1,016 booths for ICAST 2006, scheduled for July 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This means that 83 percent of the planned floor space is reserved; an increase of more than 150 booths during the same time in 2005. With more than 80 percent of the floor already reserved, ICAST 2006 is on track for another record breaking year. The New Product Showcase, the show’s flagship feature, is expected to garner even more attention in 2006 as competition for the “Best Of Show” awards intensifies. In 2006, ICAST will, once again, coincide with the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Marine After Market and Accessories Trade Show (MAATS). ICAST 2007 is scheduled for July 11-13 in Las Vegas. For more information, contact ICAST Director Maria Del Valle, 703.519.9691 x240.

Welcome New Members!
ASA welcome these new members or members who reinstated their membership in September: Adamsww, Inc.; Canyon Plastics; Coastside Fishing Club; George L. Mc Nichol Company, Ltd.; Green Top Sporting Goods Corporation; Hi Way Innovation International Company Limited; and Polaris Flies.

ASA Membership Invoices Sent
Membership dues invoices for 2006 are being mailed this week with a due date of November 15, 2005 for full dues or for a first installment. If you have any questions, contact Membership Director Ric Ice, 703.519.9691 x234, or Membership Assistant Ann Sweeney, x241.

Anglersurvey.com Launched in September
www.anglersurvey.com, a new online survey, will help the sportfishing industry better serve its customers. AnglerSurvey.com, developed by Southwick Associates, Inc. will survey a panel of several thousand U.S. anglers each month about their angling activities and purchases. This information will be used to develop new products and better services to enhance the angling experience. Anglers need to register only once, with the typical survey taking about two minutes to complete. Anglers will be asked about their angling activities in the past month, species pursued, products purchased, opportunities desired and more. For more information, contact Southwick Associates, 904.277.9765.

Policy Watch—Government Affairs Update
For more information on ASA Government Affairs activities, contact Gordon Robertson, VP and Government Affairs lead, x237 or Carol Forthman, director, Ocean Resource Policy, x244.

Endangered Species Act
In October; the House of Representatives passed its proposed revisions to the Endangered Species Act. No action has been taken in the Senate. ASA is tracking the bill and will participate in any Senate activity although Senate staff told ASA that it is unlikely that the Senate will take any action in 2005.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Access Meeting
In October, ASA arranged a meeting between Fran Mainella, Director of the National Park Service, the association and local interest groups concerning access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore for anglers using motorized vehicles. Director Mainella expressed the importance of maintaining access, and assured those present that their concerns would be addressed. The group also met with a number of Members of Congress from North Carolina who pledged their support.

Magnuson-Stevens Act Activity Continues
ASA is continuing to monitor the progress on the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization. The Senate is yet to release a second draft of its version of the bill. The bill's progress has been delayed due to hurricane damage-related issues in the Gulf of Mexico.

Smithsonian Ocean Hall Planned
The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History is planning on establishing an Ocean Hall as a new exhibit. ASA submitted comments on the project in October. ASA’s comments emphasized the need for a focus on recreational uses of the ocean, especially sportfishing, as part of our cultural heritage.

National Fish Habitat Plan Receives Funding
At the urging of ASA and other fishery conservation groups, the National Fish Habitat Plan received a $1 million Congressional appropriation. At least 80 percent of these funds will be used in “on the ground” habitat restoration projects. The purpose of the plan is to stop fish habitat loss and provide funding for a coordinated approach to fish habitat projects nationwide. ASA continues to play a major role in the development of the plan. The plan is expected to be completed by April 2006.

New Director of USFWS Confirmed by the U.S. Senate
Dale Hall, a fishery professional, has been confirmed as the new Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In November, ASA will host a reception for Mr. Hall to acquaint him with the Washington, D.C. fishery conservation community.

Open Rivers Initiative
In October, ASA and staff of the new Open Rivers Initiative (ORI) met with NOAA regarding the dam removal program. Project money is expected to be available in the 2007 budget year which begins October 1, 2006. The initiative is for river systems with documented anadromous fish populations. Most of the funding will go to dam removal projects with design and engineering plans already in place, allowing for quick demonstration of results. ASA will continue to monitor the development of ORI with an expectation that it will become a viable option for fisheries restoration.

Farm Bill Update
The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry recently held a markup for the budget reconciliation process in which 2002 Farm Bill conservation programs were recommended for reduction by approximately $1 billion, out of a total $3 billion cut for the entire Farm Bill. Programs affected were the Conservation Reserve Program, the Conservation Security Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. ASA signed a letter, along with other conservation groups, urging Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) to consider making cuts more equitable across the board for all programs. ASA will continue to support funding for conservation programs as the budget reconciliation process makes its way through Congress.

Future Fisherman Foundation Update
In September, Anne Glick, resigned as Executive Director of the Future Fisherman Foundation. Laura Jerome is now the acting Executive Director. Requests for information about the foundation should be directed to Laura Jerome, x254. Requests for information about the PE Grants program go to Jesse Graytock, x224. For information about the Executive Director position, contact Gordon Robertson, ASA VP, x237 or go to ASA's Web site.

FishAmerica Foundation Updates
For more information about FishAmerica activities, contact Managing Director Johanna Laderman, x245 or Grants Administrator Jeff Bloem, x247.

Annual FishAmerica Foundation Joint Committee
The FishAmerica Foundation held its annual Joint Committee Meeting during the Sportfishing Summit in Key Largo, FL. More than 13 organizations and state agencies were represented at the meeting.

FishAmerica Attends Conservation Resource Alliance Meeting
FishAmerica Foundation staff attended the Conservation Resource Alliance annual business meeting in Traverse City, MI. The Conservation Resource Alliance received a FishAmerica grant to restore fish passage in the Great Lakes watershed. This project was the first of two projects in the Great Lakes funded through FishAmerica’s partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center.

Planning for National Restoration Conference
FishAmerica Foundation participated in the planning sessions for the third National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration. The Conference is scheduled to be held in New Orleans in December 2006. FishAmerica was a sponsor of the second conference in Seattle, Washington in September 2004.

FishAmerica Contributors
Since the beginning of the new fiscal year (October 1), Pacific Products, Pro Line Manufacturing and NETGRA have donated more than $13,500 to the FishAmerica Foundation through a direct donation, FishAmerica-licensed products sales and an endowment donation.

FY 2005 FishAmerica Contributors
A special thanks to the 47 members of the American Sportfishing Association who donated more than $168,000 in Fiscal Year 2005 (ended Sept. 30) through direct donations, licensed-product sales, tournament partnerships and endowment donations. These members include: American Rod & Gun; Angler's Choice/Suncoast of America, LLC; Aqua-Scent; Arkansas Game & Fish Commission; Boone Bait; Captain Hook Enterprises, LLC; Castaic Soft Bait, Inc.; Catalyst Marketing; Creek Company; Do-It Corporation; Emmrod Fishing Gear; FisherGirl; FLW Outdoors; Folbe Products, LLC; Frank & Fran's Fisherman's Friend, Inc.; G. Pucci and Sons; Gudebrod, Inc.; HMT Marketing, Inc.; JBS Fishing Line; Kanji International Inc.; Kreha Corporation of America; Lamiglas, Inc.; Lil' Hustler; Lipper Tools, Inc.; Lucky Craft, Inc.; Ludwikoski and Associates, Inc.; M&M Tasmanian Devil; Matzuo America; Mercury Marine; Nanco; NETGRA; Nicholas-Shea; O. Mustad & Son (USA) Inc.; Outdoor Cap ; Outdoor Pro Shop; Persuader American Angling ; Pro Line Manufacturing; Reel E Good Products; Shimano American Corporation; Sphere Group Inc./Pro Baiter; Sportco Marketing, Inc.; Team Nu-Mark; The Redfish Nation; Thomas Spinning Lures, Inc.; Water Gremlin Company; Wright and McGill Company; and the Yakima Bait Company.

Message from ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman
Over the past several months, I can’t tell you how many people I’ve spoken with who’ve said how important it is to “make a difference.” From assisting with the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast sportfish habitat and facilities to engaging more people in angling to working with the association on key issues affecting the sportfishing industry; it’s truly rewarding to know that we all want to make a difference together.

I know I’ve said it here several times over the past several months, but the devastation that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and now Wilma, has wreaked on the people of the Gulf Coast and Florida is almost too much to comprehend. As I’ve said, there is no doubt that it’s going to take many years for the Gulf Coast region to return to normal and ASA and the sportfishing community are going to play a role in helping that happen through the FishAmerica Foundation’s Gulf Fund. During its recent meeting, the ASA Board endorsed the establishment of this fund as a long-term investment in the recovery of the area. The foundation will work with state and federal natural resource agencies and local community groups to identify and prioritize projects. Recreational fishing and boating are significant contributors to the economy of this area and this is your opportunity to help make a difference.

The 2005 Sportfishing Summit is another prime example of how we work together to make a difference for the sportfishing industry. The success of our recent Summit reinforced to me how much we as an industry continue to evolve and how valuable the Summit is in providing a forum for our members to meet and discuss issues that cut across all sectors of our industry. We, as ASA staff, can provide a good venue, line up relevant speakers and seminars, and handle all the logistics to make things run, but everyone who came ready to contribute made the event a success, and I want to thank you for that. At times like these, I really think we've got what it takes to make a difference for the future of our industry and the future of our sport.

As for making a difference, I want to thank our Summit sponsors—Shimano American Corporation, Fishing Tackle Retailer/ESPN Outdoors, the Trust for Public Land, the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, BASS/ESPN Outdoors, Pure Fishing, Inc., SportScanINFO and Florida Fishing Weekly—for their support and for helping make the Summit a success.

In the next couple of months, you’re going to hear about a new direction that the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is taking to further engage the sportfishing industry in the Take Me Fishing campaign. The foundation, with ASA support, will ask our industry leaders to focus on two things: growing school-based fishing and boating education programs and taking the passion that avid anglers have for the sport and actively sharing that with others. I believe this “one voice” approach is the way to truly engage the sportfishing industry in making a difference in angling participation.

I’m going to step away from my theme for a moment and update you on the status of the federal manufacturers’ excise tax. The IRS has told us that they, finally, will have a guidance document for our review in early November. Gordon Robertson continues to be our lead in this effort and we will provide you with information as soon as possible.

If ever there was a time to get involved in the work of the American Sportfishing Association, now is it. We’re here to make a difference by helping ensure the future of our industry and your livelihood, but we can’t do it without your help and involvement. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Gordon Robertson.

U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation
801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229
Ph. 614/888-4868 • Fax 614/888-0326
Website: www.ussportsmen.org  • E-mail: info@ussportsmen.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dale Miles (614) 888-4868 x 226

Oct. 19, 2005 Frank Price (614) 888-4868 x 202

National Youth Program Brings Outdoor Sports to Scouting Families
(Modesto) – Over 400 Boy Scouts, 175 adult leaders and their families had the opportunity to get a taste of the outdoor sports in the first U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation’s Trailblazer Adventure Day to be held in the state of California. The event was held Oct. 15 at McConnell State Park in Livingston, California and River Oaks Range in Winton, California.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation worked with the Greater Yosemite Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the California Department of Fish and Game and other partnering sportsmen’s groups to offer Scouts and families the chance to participate in outdoor activities. They learned about hunting with hounds, archery, smallbore rifle and shotgun shooting, fishing, flyfishing, wildlife identification, elk hunting and waterfowl hunting.

“Trailblazer Adventure Day activities are designed to be hands-on,” said Frank Price, director of education for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation. “Families received one on one instruction to learn marksmanship and proper techniques for shooting, archery and more.”

The success of this event was made possible by a generous donation from the McBean Family Foundation.

Other clubs and organizations that helped to make the day a success included California Bowman Hunters and State Archery Association, California Department of Fish and Game Region Four, California Houndsmen for Conservation, California Waterfowl Association, Grangeville 4-H Club, Horseshoe Bend Field Archers, Island 4-H Club, Island Shooting Sports, Kings County 4-H Club, Merced Fly Fishers, Modesto Rifle Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safety First Shooting Association, Turlock Pistol Club and Yahi Bowmen. The groups provided instructors and demonstrations for the Trailblazer Adventure Day.

“Special thanks need to be extended to the McBean Family Foundation as well as the sportsmen’s groups involved, and the entire sportsmen’s community of California,” commented Natasha Hunt, California resident and member of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Board of Directors. “Their support and enthusiasm were instrumental in making this a great event.”

With the success of this event, plans for a repeat performance in the Modesto area are in the works. Additional events are being planned throughout California.

Trailblazer is endorsed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) STEP OUTSIDE Program and NSSF is a major sponsor.

Corporate sponsors for the event included Beretta USA Corp.; Bushnell Performance Optics; Cabela’s, Inc.; Cannon Safe, Inc.; Cap America, Inc.; Charles Daly; Classic Accessories; Hunter’s Specialties; KA-BAR Knives/Cutco Cutlery; Licensed Specialty Products; Michaels of Oregon Co.; North Fork Bancorporation; The Outdoor Channel; Target Communications; Venom Manufacturing and Winchester Ammunition.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation works in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, NSSF, Fur Takers of America, International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Masters of Foxhounds Association of America, National Wild Turkey Federation, state wildlife agencies and sportsmen’s clubs to make the program a success nationwide.

For more information about the Trailblazer Adventure program, contact the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation at (614) 888-4868 or visit the Trailblazer website, www.trailblazeradventure.org.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research.

The NSSF is the professional trade association for the firearms industry. Formed in 1961, it manages a variety of public outreach programs with a special emphasis on promoting gun safety and participation in shooting sports. Call (203) 426-1320 for more information.

Founded by outdoorsmen for outdoorsmen, The Outdoor Channel, a key contributor to Trailblazer, features quality programming designed to educate and entertain sportsmen of all skill levels. The channel promotes the traditional outdoor activities that are a vital part of our national heritage including fishing, hunting and shooting. To subscribe to the Outdoor Channel, contact your local cable provider, or satellite providers - Dish network, or Direct TV.

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Incorporated 1871
11250 Waples Mill Road - Fairfax, VA 22030
For Immediate Release For More Information Contact:
September 28, 2005 Jorge Amselle at 703-267-1595

Nominations for NRA’s Women’s Awards Due November 1

Nominations for the National Rifle Association’s 2006 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award and the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award are due November 1, 2005. Both awards recognize the contributions of women who have demonstrated dedication to the promotion of the Second Amendment, have made outstanding achievements in educational contributions while advancing the purposes and goals of the NRA and, through legislative and legal contributions, have significantly impacted the preservation of the shooting sports.

Named for a heroine of the American Revolution, the Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award was created in 1995. It recognizes the women’s contributions at the national level.

Named for NRA’s first woman president, the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award honors women whose achievements have been on the local, state or regional levels.

For more information about the awards (including a list of previous award winners), visit the NRA website at http://www.nrahq.org/women/awards.asp or call Wykenna S. C. Vailor at (800) 861-1166. A nomination form and instructions may also be found on the NRA website at http://www.nrahq.org/women/award_nomination.pdf.
 

 

U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation
801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229
Ph. 614/888-4868 • Fax 614/888-0326
Website: www.ussportsmen.org • E-mail: info@ussportsmen.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Ruth (614) 888-4868 ext. 214
Sept. 26, 2005 Dale Miles (614) 888-4868 ext. 226

Judge Grants Partial Dismissal of Lawsuit to Close Hunting on Refuges

(Columbus) – A federal district court Judge today granted a motion for partial dismissal of a lawsuit brought to ban hunting on the National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) System. The victory sets a precedent that will protect hunting in future federal cases.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund (SLDF), Safari Club International, and the U.S. Department of Justice moved for a partial dismissal of the suit brought by anti-hunters. It claimed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) violated federal policy by not assessing environmental impacts before publishing its 2000-2005 Strategic Plan. The plan calls for an increase in wildlife dependent recreation, including hunting.

Judge Ricardo Urbina, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, granted the motion for partial dismissal, ruling that since the goals outlined in the strategy are not final agency action there is no need for comprehensive environmental studies.

A key element of the decision supports the SLDF’s argument that the USFWS is not required to complete environmental assessments for each individual refuge that it opens to hunting. It may prove to be a major factor in resolving the case in favor of sportsmen and wildlife managers. The judge underscored the fact that the ultimate decisions regarding the use of the refuges, including hunting, are made at the individual refuge level.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service is required to set forth a strategic plan that outlines goals for the agency,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Senior Vice President Rick Story. “The ruling that federal environmental policy does not apply to these plans sets a precedent for any future anti-hunting challenges.”

Judge Urbina’s partial decision is one piece of the puzzle. The decision is part of a lawsuit that anti-hunting plaintiffs filed in 2003 to challenge the USFWS’s decision to open hunting on 39 refuges since 1997. The SLDF joined the case to ensure that hunters’ interests are directly represented before the court.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund is the nation’s only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmen’s interests in the courts. It defends wildlife management and sportsmen’s rights in local, state and federal courts. The SLDF represents the interests of sportsmen and assists government lawyers who have little or no background in wildlife law.

 U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229
Ph. 614/888-4868 • Fax 614/888-0326
Website: www.ussportsmen.org  • E-mail: info@ussportsmen.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dale Miles (614) 888-4868 ext. 226
September 23, 2005 Beth Ruth (614) 888-4868 ext. 214

Wisconsin Bill Will Put More Sportsmen in the Field

(Madison) - Legislators in Wisconsin have introduced a bill which seeks to eliminate barriers for people who wish to give hunting a try.

Part of a nationwide Families Afield campaign sponsored by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Assembly Bill 677 will aid in recruitment of new hunters into the sport in hopes of stopping an alarming downward trend in the numbers of new sportsmen going into the field each year in Wisconsin and nationwide.

“The bottom line is parents should have the right to decide when their children will be introduced to hunting and shooting,” commented Wisconsin Rep. Scott Suder (R- Abbotsford) who sponsored the bill along with Wisconsin Assembly Speaker John Gard (R- Peshtigo). “Our bill will give parents more choices in this matter and allow our youth the opportunity to be introduced to hunting before they become interested in other things.”

The core concept of AB 677 is the establishment of an apprentice hunting license allowing qualified, licensed adult hunters to introduce others to the sport prior to completing a hunter education course. The apprentice hunter would have to be within arm’s reach of the adult mentor while in the field and would be required to attend hunter education courses and become fully licensed should they elect to pursue hunting on their own.

Current Wisconsin law prevents parents from taking their kids shooting before age twelve. Assembly Bill 677 will also repeal this restriction.

Families Afield was developed after results of a study, called the Youth Hunting Report, showed that youngsters are less likely to take up hunting in states that have restrictive requirements for youth participation. However, states that permit parents to decide when their kids will begin to hunt have a much higher youth recruitment rate.

“It was obvious that by making the opportunity to hunt so difficult, we’re preventing potential hunters from trying the sport,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSA president. “There are so many activities available to our youth today, by the time they can legally hunt, they’re interested in other things and we’ve lost them.”

The Youth Hunting Report, funded by NSSF and NWTF, clearly showed that hunters in states without these restrictions are as safe as Wisconsin hunters. It also showed that the most important factor affecting youth hunting safety is the presence of a responsible, attentive adult hunter. When supervised, youth hunters are the safest in the field.

Wisconsin was chosen to be one of the first states to introduce the Families Afield Program for several reasons, but there is one key factor. Statistics show that for every 100 hunters that the state of Wisconsin loses, they are only replacing them with 53. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see that this is a problem for Wisconsin sportsmen.

The three organizations urge Wisconsin sportsmen to contact their representatives and ask them to support AB 677. Let them know that unnecessary barriers to youth hunting should be removed. Educate them that the safest hunter is a mentored youth hunter. To find your representative, call (608) 226-9960 or use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org.

For more information about the Youth Hunting Report, call Steve Wagner of the National Shooting Sports Foundation at (203) 426-1320; Jonathan Harling of the NWTF at 1 (800) THE-NWTF or Beth Ruth of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance at (614) 888-4868.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit www.ussportsmen.org.


 

2005 Sportfishing Summit Registration Now Available

The American Sportfishing Association’s annual Sportfishing Summit is the industry’s premiere informational and networking opportunity. It demonstrates our desire to bring together our members with others from both inside and outside the sportfishing community to provide you with an informative, productive and enjoyable event.

Registration and Housing

Registration materials for this year’s Sportfishing Summit, scheduled for October 5–7, 2005, at the Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, Florida, are now available. Summit registration and reservation forms, including forms for housing, fishing and golf, networking lunches and the spouses’ breakfast, are now available on ASA’s Web site.

Summit Agenda

The focus of this year’s Summit is threefold: angling participation, the manufacturers’ excise tax and the future of saltwater fishing. Most of ASA’s committees and the Board of Directors will meet at the Summit, and we have a solid line-up of business seminars as well. As usual, the agenda has ample time for social gatherings, fishing and golf and other networking opportunities. New in 2005 is a special breakfast for spouses, hosted by Byron Velvick, star of “The Bachelor” and professional bass angler, scheduled for Wednesday morning, October 5.

To view a copy of the Agenda At-A-Glance, please click here.

Stay Up-to-Date: Summit 2005

For the most up-to-date information about the 2005 Sportfishing Summit, please visit the ASA Web site.

 

American Sportfishing Association July 2005 Member Update

Member Updates are periodic information sources for members of the American Sportfishing Association and partners on issues of interest to the future of fishing. For more information, contact ASA Communications, 703.519.9691.

This is a partial list of the topics covered in this update. Please scroll down for the complete document. ASA Member Updates are available in the ASA Newsroom.

Wallop-Breaux Reauthorization Passes Congress

ICAST 2005 Highlights!
2005 Sportfishing Summit
Planning for ICAST 2006
New Product Showcase Award Recipients
Manufacturer of the Year Award
Policy Watch—Government Affairs Update
Welcome New Members!
National Fishing and Boating Week on the Web
June/July 2005 Issue of American Sportfishing Available
Foundation Updates
Message from ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman

Wallop-Breaux Reauthorization Passes Congress

After close to two years of Congressional action and three years of strategic planning and consensus building by leading angling and boating organizations, the most significant legislation for sportfishing and boating since 1984 is now waiting for President Bush’s signature. Gordon Robertson, ASA vice president, worked closely with key House and Senate members and their staff as well as other organizations over the past three years to develop the final language of the Wallop-Breaux Act, now the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Act, which passed Congress on July 29, 2005. Here is ASA’s press release on the bill passage. For more information, contact Gordon Robertson, x237.

ICAST 2005 Highlights

ASA thanks its members and the more than 6,500 representatives of the sportfishing industry who made ICAST 2005 the best and largest show in recent years. The 48th annual ICAST once again lived up to its’ reputation as the world’s largest industry showcase of fishing tackle and accessories all under one roof with more than 6,500 people attending the Las Vegas show. ICAST, covering 250,000 square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center, showcased the very latest innovations in sportfishing equipment and accessories for industry buyers and media. ICAST 2005, with a sold-out floor show for the fourth consecutive year, featured nearly 400 exhibitors—almost half offering show specials to potential buyers—filling over 1,180 booths, a 7 percent increase over 2004. The show boasted more than 1,600 buyers and over 300 registered members of the press. For more information, contact Maria del Valle, x240.

2005 Sportfishing Summit

Mark your calendars for this year’s Sportfishing Summit, to be held October 5–7, 2005, at the Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, Florida. The focus of this year’s summit is threefold: angling participation; ocean resource policy; and the manufacturers’ excise tax. Most of ASA’s committees and the Board of Directors will meet at the Summit, and we’re creating a solid line-up of business seminars as well. As usual, the agenda has ample time for social gatherings, fishing and golf and other networking opportunities. Registration materials–Summit, housing—for the 2005 will be available in mid-August. For more information, contact Mary Jane Williamson, x227.

Planning for ICAST 2006

More than 60 percent of the planned show floor for ICAST 2006 in Las Vegas (July 19–21) is already booked. Booth deposits are due September 1. Once a deposit is received, booths will be assigned to exhibitors in early October. Contracts will not be processed until a deposit is received. All 2005 exhibitors should have received exhibit space contracts and floor plans during the show and will receive one in the mail. Exhibit space contracts are also available on ASA’s Web site. As a member benefit for exhibitors only, final registration lists for ICAST 2005 also will be mailed shortly, and exhibitors may order electronic lists for $300 from Expo Exchange, our registration contractor, 301-662-9400, show code SFE041. For more information, contact Kelly Camirand, x231.

ICAST Industry Breakfast
More than 400 people attended the Industry Breakfast which officially kicked-off ICAST 2005. During this event, ASA President and CEO, Mike Nussman, presented his state of the industry address along with opening remarks from Dave Pfeiffer, executive vice president, Shimano American Corporation and ASA’s Board of Directors Chairman; and a keynote address from Cindy Garrison, ESPN TV host and international professional angler and guide. All three spoke about the importance of expanding participation in sportfishing from becoming more active in ASA committees and events, to adopting the “Take Me Fishing” campaign to looking at all demographics as potential anglers. For more information, contact Mary Jane Williamson, x227.

ICAST’s Flagship Feature—New Product Showcase
Sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer/ESPN Outdoors, over 170 companies entered over 800 new products in the New Product Showcase competing for overall Best of Show honors and best of show in 12 product categories. Winners of the New Product Showcase are Shimano American Corporation; Gamakatsu USA Corp., Stren; Normark; SPRO; Plano Molding Company; Spinmaster; Lowrance Electronics, Inc.; XTOOLS; FisherGirl, Inc.; and DriDuds by Kappler. The winners were announced during the July 20 evening Chairman’s Reception. Media inquiries contact Mary Jane Williamson, x227.

RBFF’s Manufacturer of the Year Announced

During the Wednesday night’s Chairman’s reception (July 20), sponsored by Shimano American Corporation, the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation announced the Manufacturer of the Year which, this year, went to Zebco/WCB. During the reception, RBFF also recognized Jimmy Johnson, former NFL coach, for his chairmanship of the 2004 National Fishing and Boating Week.

Welcome New Members!
ASA welcomes these new members or members who reinstated their membership in June: Anglers Edge Bait and Tackle; Apex Outfitters, Inc.; Caddis Sports, Inc.; CamoCreek, Inc.; Chum-King Inc.; Covered Bridge, Inc.; Doc Waters Lure Company; Donnie Paul & Associates; The Gapen Company; Hooked on Tackle; Lee Sisson Lures; Madole Enterprises, LLC; Ningbo; Kaifeng Electric Appliance Co., Ltd.; Pole Control, Inc.; Powell Products, Inc.; Swifty Manufacturing; Vilco LLC; and Wing-Sun Trading, Inc.

Policy Watch—Government Affairs Update

For more information on ASA Government Affairs activities, contact Gordon Robertson, VP and Government Affairs, x237 or Carol Forthman, director, Ocean Resource Policy, x244.

New USFWS Director

Dale Hall has been named the new Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Dale, current Regional Director in Albuquerque, is a 27 year veteran of the Service.

USDA Forest Service Announcement
Anne Zimmermann is the new Director for Fish, Wildlife, Rare Plants, Air and Soil for the USDA Forest Service. Zimmerman has been Acting Director since the departure of Jim Gladen.

ASA Attends Midwest Meeting

ASA attended the annual Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Directors’ meeting in Huron, Ohio where discussion centered on pending fishery legislative issues and assistance with Wallop-Breaux reauthorization.

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative

ASA is participating in the advisory committee for the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI). The Initiative was formed by the chairs of the President's Ocean Commission and the Pew Ocean Commission with the goal of supporting implementation of the Ocean Commission's recommendations. The advisory group met in April and again in July to develop strategy for JOCI's priorities.

Aquaculture Bill

ASA attended NOAA's briefing on its proposed bill on Marine Aquaculture in the EEZ. The bill, which has been introduced by Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), outlines procedures for NOAA to issue permits for marine aquaculture facilities. ASA has identified specific issues, including access, disease and pollution that need to be addressed in the proposal.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Senators James Inhofe (R-OK), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Jim Jeffords (I-VT) of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus have pushed through an increase in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife budget that doubles the funding (to $75 million) for this restoration program that funds voluntary conservation activities on private lands to improve habitat. ASA, as a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation supports this legislation and will work with Caucus members in the House of Representatives on companion legislation.

Meeting with Senator Stevens (R-AK)

ASA, along with three other recreational groups, met with Senator Stevens who will sponsor the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization in Congress. The Senator shared his views on important issues and how he expects the process to move forward. He expects to file his bill in the fall term of Congress.

June/July 2005 Issue of American Sportfishing Available on Web

The June/July American Sportfishing, ASA’s newsletter, is available in PDF format on ASA’s Web site.

Future Fisherman Foundation Asks ASA Members for Support

In June, the Foundation sent a letter to ASA’s 430 manufacturing members requesting support for the foundation by using the Never Angler, Forever Angler advertising campaign and/or donating products. The donated products will be sold at less-than-retail cost to not-for-profit organizations that promote fishing, such as the National Guard, school systems, state and community parks and other organizations. All profit generated goes to support foundation programs, such as, HOFNOD, PE Grants and the Tackle Box Equipment program. To date, ASA members that have donated product are: Comal Tackle Products; Bass Assassin Lures; Luhr-Jensen; and Lakeland Inc. The Never Angler, Forever Angler print ads are available in a variety of sizes. For more information about donating products or obtaining the advertising materials, contact Laura Jerome, x254.

Hooked On Fishing–Not On Drugs® National Training Workshop
The Hooked On Fishing–Not On Drugs® (HOFNOD) Facilitator Training Workshop is scheduled for August 2–4, in Park City, Utah. Of the 28 states in the program, 11 are participating: OK, IN, NV, KY, ME, DC, MI, CT, OH, SC, and UT. Nevada and Oklahoma are new to the program. For more information, contact Laura Jerome, x254.

National PE Grants Initiative Update

The PE Grant Initiative Teacher Workshop was held July 17–21 at Bayou Segnette Park in Louisiana. All 35 grant recipients attended and received instruction on grantee responsibilities and requirements, fishing and boating skills and conservation. The deadline for final program reports from recipients of the 2004-2005 PE Grants was June 30, 2005. The reports are currently under review. For more information, contact Jesse Graytock, x224.

FishAmerica Foundation Awards $785,000 in Grants
FishAmerica, in partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center, awarded $785,389 to 22 projects to improve fisheries habitat for salmon, trout, striped bass, tarpon, redfish, and flounder, among others, in twelve states, including for the first time, two projects in the Great Lakes basin. More than 1,400 volunteers will donate 15,000 hours to complete these projects. Since 1998, FishAmerica and NOAA have funded 185 projects valued at more than $2.8 million. For more information, contact Johanna Laderman, x245, or Jeff Bloem, x247.

FishAmerica Foundation Wraps up Wristband Campaign
FishAmerica wrapped up the “It’s My World” wristband campaign in conjunction with the Wal-Mart FLW Tournaments during the FLW Championship Boat & Outdoor Show at Lake Hamilton, AR, raising more than $40,000 for fisheries conservation. More than 5,000 wristbands, funded by BP Castrol, were distributed as a “thank you” to those who donated $1 or more to FishAmerica. Foundation staff attended 5 of the tournaments. FLW Outdoors, the tournament organizer, is a six-year partner of FishAmerica, providing more than $235,000 in donations resulting in more than $1 million in local projects. For more information, contact Jeff Bloem, 247.

“It’s My World” Wristbands Available on the Web

The “It’s My World” wristbands are available on the FishAmerica Foundation. Support the foundation’s conservation efforts through the wristband campaign. For more information, contact Johanna Laderman, x245.

FishAmerica Contributors

As of June 30, 41 members of the American Sportfishing Association have donated $107,674 to FishAmerica through direct donations, licensed-product sales, tournament partnerships and endowment donations. The members are: American Rod & Gun; Angler's Choice/Suncoast of America, LLC; Aqua-Scent; Boone Bait; Captain Hook Enterprises, LLC; Castaic Soft Bait, Inc.; Creek Company; Do-It Corporation; Emmrod Fishing Gear; Folbe Products, LLC; Frank & Fran's Fisherman's Friend, Inc.; G. Pucci and Sons; Gudebrod, Inc.; HMT Marketing, Inc.; JBS Fishing Line; Kanji International Inc.; Kreha Corporation of America; Lamiglas, Inc.; Lil' Hustler; Lipper Tools, Inc.; Lucky Craft, Inc.; Ludwikoski and Associates, Inc.; Matzuo America; Mercury Marine; NETGRA; Nicholas-Shea Co., Inc.; O. Mustad & Son (USA) Inc.; Outdoor Cap; Outdoor Pro Shop; Persuader American Angling; Pro Line Manufacturing; Reel E Good Products; Shimano American Corporation; Sphere Group Inc./Pro Baiter; Sportco Marketing, Inc.; Team Nu-Mark; The Redfish Nation/J.M. Associates; Thomas Spinning Lures, Inc.; Water Gremlin Company; Wright and McGill Company; and the Yakima Bait Company. Names in bold have donated since June’s Member Update.

Message from ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman
July 2005 has been a great month for the sportfishing industry.

First, ICAST 2005 was the best show in many years and I thank all the members of the industry—ASA members, our Board of Directors, buyers, exhibitors, our partners and the media—for their support and participation. I also want to thank the ASA staff for the tremendous effort they made to ensure a successful show. My congratulations go to the winners of the New Product Showcase and to all the exhibitors who entered products this year. The creativity and ingenuity our members use to develop and produce new items to enhance the angling experience never fails to amaze me. I could go on, but I believe what is most important is saying thank you for your participation and attendance.

Second, I want to congratulate our friends at BASS/ESPN Outdoors for a successful Bassmaster Classic which just ended this past Sunday, July 31, in Pittsburgh, Pa. According to BASS, they had nearly 30,000 fans packed into a downtown Pittsburgh arena over the three days of the classic to see the weigh-ins. That speaks well for them and for our sport.

Third—and the significance of this should not be lost on anyone—was the July 29 passage of the most significant legislation for sportfishing and boating since 1984. After close to two years of Congressional action and three years of strategic planning and consensus building by ASA and other leading angling and boating organizations, the authorization of the new Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund is now waiting President Bush’s signature. The centerpiece of the legislation is the successful capture of the federal fuel tax on motorboats and small engines which will now be dedicated to sportfish restoration, angler and boating access and boating safety.

This reauthorization will recover approximately $110 million per year of federal fuel taxes currently being paid by anglers and boaters but being diverted to the general treasury. The capture of the fuel tax will significantly boost revenues for the Fund to approximately $570 million per year for important angling and boating programs such as fisheries monitoring; habitat conservation and restoration; fishing and boating access facilities such as docks, piers, and boat ramps; and education and safety programs for anglers and boaters. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation will receive an additional $2 million per year over the next four years. This will provide a major boost for the “Take Me Fishing” campaign.

The sportfishing community owes Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) and Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) a debt of gratitude for introducing this legislation. On the House side, we owe Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Clay Shaw (R-FL) our thanks for their leadership in this effort. Passage of this legislation is a both a testament to the ability of the sportfishing and boating community to work together to strengthen the user-pay/user-benefit concept and to this nation’s love of sportfishing and boating. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Gordon Robertson, ASA’s vice president, who worked closely with key House and Senate members and their staff as well as other organizations to see this legislation come to pass.

As I said, July was a great month for the sportfishing industry.

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NRA to Sponsor 2005 Youth Wildlife Art Contest

(Fairfax, VA)--The NRA is now accepting entries for its 2005 Youth Wildlife Art Contest. The contest, the 18th in the annual series, is open to students in grades 1 through 12 (including home-schooled children). NRA membership is not required. The deadline to enter is October 3, 2005.

Entries may be submitted in one of four categories, based on school grade. Category I includes grades 1 through 3. Category II is for grades 4 through 6. Category III covers grades 7 through 9, and Category IV includes grades 10 through 12. Entries may portray any North American game bird or animal that may be legally hunted or trapped. Endangered species and non-game animals, such as eagles and snakes, are not eligible subjects. Call (703) 267-1531 if you need to confirm whether a certain animal or bird is eligible.

Contestants are limited to one entry each. Entries may be in a medium of the artist’s choice (oil, water color, pastels, pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, etc.). Submissions should be on good quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board. Preferred sizes for the image are 8-1/2” x 11” or 11" x 14"; matting is optional. Entries need not be framed.

Composition must be original. Photographs may be used for reference, but artwork determined to have been traced or copied from an existing photograph or work of art will be disqualified.

Entries must arrive at NRA by October 3, 2005, and must be accompanied by a brief statement signed by the student’s parent, guardian, or teacher attesting to the originality of the work and verifying the artist’s grade level as of October 3, 2005. In addition, the artist=s name, home address, phone number, age, and grade must be printed on the back of the entry or on a note attached to the back of the entry.

Entries will be judged on effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy, and composition. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners.

Send entries to: NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Entries will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. NRA assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged artwork, and reserves all rights to reproduce entries. The immediate families of NRA staff members are not eligible to enter. Questions regarding the contest may be directed to (703) 267-1531.


 

 

 
 

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