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ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 4, 2019) – More people than ever will have easy opportunities to experience fishing this year as part of National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), taking place Saturday, June 1, through Sunday, June 9. Take Me Fishing™, an initiative of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), is bringing the excitement of the sport across the nation with Off the Hook, a free pop-up fishing experience putting rods and reels in the hands of people everywhere. Family-friendly and…

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ICAST 2019, the premier annual event for the global recreational fishing industry, is scheduled for July 9-12, 2019 in the North/South Building at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. ICAST annually draws manufacturers, buyers and media from around the world to experience the latest innovations in fishing tackle, gear and marine products, as well new designs in apparel, sunglasses, coolers and other outdoor lifestyle categories. ICAST is produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). ASA is a…

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METTAWA, Ill.  (May 17, 2019) – Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today announced that as part of the Company’s strategy to expand its presence and scale within the emerging and fast-growing boat club segment, it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Freedom Boat Club (FBC), the segment’s largest operator.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.   Freedom Boat Club, founded in 1989, is the largest boat club operator and the premier marine franchisor in the nation.  FBC and its…

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On May 13, 2019, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of imported Chinese products that, if imposed, would be subject to Section 301 tariffs of up to 25 percent. This list of 3,805 products covers essentially all products imported from China not already subject to Section 301 additional tariffs. Information on previously announced tariffs can be found here. The new list impacts many products imported from China by ASA’s members, including, but not limited to:…

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Alexandria, VA – March 18, 2019 – On behalf of the sportfishing industry, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) extends its sincere condolences to the Lowrance family on the passing of Darrell J. Lowrance, founder of Lowrance Electronics, Inc., who brought early technology to recreational fishing with the invention of the first portable sonar “fish finder” – the Fish-Lo-K-Tor – for the average angler. Darrell served as President and CEO of Lowrance Electronics from 1964 to 2006 and was responsible for many…

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