We think this is the greatest comeback in the history of professional sports! The last time we talked to our buddy, Tommy Skarlis, he was in a hospital bed at the Mayo Clinic. Now he is on the mend and emceeing tournaments and getting ready to fish in a major crappie championship event. Tommy Skarlis is unbelievable! Tommy also tells us about a very deserving honor that he will be receiving. He deserves it! Patrick Neu is the Executive Director…

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Alexandria, VA – September 17, 2019 – Newly released economic data on the national and, for the first time ever, state levels reinforce what the outdoor recreation industry has long believed: Outdoor recreation is a powerful driver of national and local economies and it is growing faster than the U.S. economy as a whole. This is the second consecutive year that the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has released formal, national-level data, a…

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Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced it will incrementally impose new 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports, including recreational fishing equipment. The next round of tariffs will begin September 1, 2019 on a portion of these imports while the remaining products will be subject to additional tariffs starting December 15, 2019. Since May, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), and many of its members, requested exclusions from additional tariffs on sportfishing equipment arguing that our industry already pays a unique excise tax…

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  Alexandria, VA – June 24, 2019 – The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the launch of the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network – of which the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) is a founding sponsor – to help governors and their staff leverage their states’ unique natural, cultural and historical outdoor recreation resources to advance economic, workforce, health and environmental benefits. “ORR is proud to partner with the National Governors Association to launch the game-changing Outdoor Recreation Learning Network,” said Jessica Wahl,…

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (July 8, 2019) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today released an analysis of state and national trends in fishing license sales confirming the effectiveness of R3 efforts on growth. The research, done in partnership with the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and carried out by Southwick Associates, looks at license data and participation rates over a 25-year period. Twelve states were selected to represent different rates of growth or…

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