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Captain Observing Water

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), says an April 22 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to give mobile satellite services operator Ligado Networks, a private equity company, the green light to build and operate a land-based industrial 5G (fifth generation) wireless network will negatively impact the reliability of the nation’s Global Positioning System and harm boating safety. SPRINGFIELD, Va., – The nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, Boat Owners Association of The United…

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Senator Florida Visit

On Wednesday, June 17, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) visited Half Hitch in Panama City, Fla. The visit with the Florida-based tackle shop, an American Sportfishing Association (ASA) member, focused on the importance of the sportfishing industry in Florida and included a broader discussion about the impacts of COVID-19 on the outdoor industry and ways the federal government has worked to increase boating and fishing access. An avid angler, Secretary Bernhardt, along with…

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ICAST 2020 Logo

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Take Me Fishing™ is the presenting sponsor for ICAST 2020 Online. ASA, the trade association that represents the sportfishing industry, and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the national non-profit that promotes recreational fishing and boating through Take Me Fishing™, work together on programs and projects to engage people of all ages in recreational fishing. This July, the ICAST Show, the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show, has transitioned…

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Four members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected to fill two At-Large seats and two regional seats on the board of directors. Their three-year terms begin October 1, 2020. ASA is the national trade association that represents the sportfishing industry. At-Large seats went to: Bruce Akin, CEO, B.A.S.S., Birmingham, Alabama – Re-elected to serve a second term on the board Diane Bristol – Senior Director, Employee and Community Engagement, Simms Fishing Products, Bozeman, Montana – Elected to serve a first term…

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Cash Money

On Friday, June 5, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act which provides small businesses who are participating in PPP with additional time and flexibility to keep their employees on the payroll and ensure continued business operations. “Many of the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) members received PPP loans,” said ASA’s Government Affairs Vice President, Mike Leonard. “While these loans have been a significant help during the economic hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic, certain loan…

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