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RAYMARINE: Time to Trade-Up…

 

 

 

FLIR Announces Raymarine Trade-Up Sales Event

 

Upgrade to new Raymarine electronics and save up to $1,500

 

 

Now is the time when boaters from across North America are busy preparing their vessels for the upcoming season, and FLIR is making it easier than ever for these eager mariners to upgrade their marine electronics. The Raymarine® Trade-Up Sales Event offers significant rebates on new Raymarine products purchased between January 1 and July 7, 2019. The more customers spend, the bigger the rebate, and additional loyalty bonuses reward existing Raymarine owners with even more money back. The deals—and the timing—couldn’t be better.

 

 

 

 

Get Paid to Upgrade

 

From AxiomTM multifunction displays to MagnumTM and QuantumTM 2 radars, ElementTMsonar/GPS, VHF radios, EvolutionTM autopilot and more, Raymarine’s newest products and technologies make valuable time on the water safer, more productive and a lot more fun. Now, there’s an additional reason to choose Raymarine: money back in your pocket. Whether building a new electronics package or upgrading a current system, the more technology you add, the bigger the rewards. Simply choose Raymarine and save!

 

 

Raymarine Trade-Up Sales Event Rebates

  • Earn $250 on Raymarine purchase of $2,500 or more
  • Earn $500 on Raymarine purchase of $5,000 or more
  • Earn $750 on Raymarine purchase of $7,500 or more
  • Earn $1,000 on Raymarine purchase of $10,000 or more

 

 

 

Trade-Up Loyalty Bonus

 

Raymarine owners can earn an additional $250 loyalty bonus when upgrading from an existing Raymarine display (limit two loyalty bonuses per claim).

 

Rebates will be paid in the form of a Visa prepaid card, mailed 4-6 weeks from the time a customer’s qualifying claim is approved.

 

View full details and customer instructions for the Raymarine Trade-Up sales Event at: http://www.raymarine.com/trade-up-2019/.

 

 

 

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The American Sportfishing Association’s Top Policy Accomplishments of 2018

The American Sportfishing Association’s Top Policy Accomplishments of 2018
By Mike Leonard, Vice President, Government Affairs and
Clay Crabtree, Policy Director 

With the 116th Congress being sworn in today, we wanted to highlight the policy accomplishments the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and its members and partners achieved in 2018, as well as our 2019 priorities.

While many factors can affect the success of the sportfishing industry, the policy issues in which ASA engages typically fall into two categories: fisheries conservation and public access. Ensuring fish stocks and their habitat are healthy and that anglers have reasonable access to get out on the water are the cornerstones of a successful sportfishing industry, and we achieved positive progress on both fronts in 2018.

The 2018 highlights include:

  • Advancing Everglades Restoration Passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 helps address the environmentally damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee by authorizing the Everglades Agricultural Storage Reservoir project and requiring an expedited review of how Lake Okeechobee levels are managed under its regulation schedule.
  • Protecting Traditional Fishing Tackle – ASA successfully secured languagein the federal funding bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from restricting lead fishing tackle, as well as helped to defeat a bill in California that would have banned lead fishing tackle.
  • Addressing Predation of Pacific Northwest Salmon The enacted Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act helps to address one of the most pressing issues facing Pacific Northwest fisheries by empowering trained state and tribal managers to better combat the negative consequences of unchecked sea lion predation on salmon at environmental pinch points.
  • Great Lakes Fisheries Funding – ASA supported greater federal funding for a variety of Great Lakes fisheries programs, including those aimed at preventing the spread of Asian carp, which poses a significant threat to the Great Lakes fisheries and their $7 billion a year economic impact.
  • Banning Drift Gillnets in California California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a state bill that ends commercial drift gillnet fishing – which has unacceptably high bycatch levels – and encourages a transition to more sustainable fishing gear.
  • Gulf Red Snapper Management Reform – After years of shrinking season lengths despite increasing red snapper abundance, the Gulf of Mexico region states have been allowed an increased role in managing red snapper, which has improved fishing access and data collection.
  • Combatting Harmful Algal Blooms Congress reauthorized the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 2018, which authorizes important programs to study and help mitigate the impacts of harmful algal blooms and their damaging impacts on fisheries.
  • Billfish Conservation – Through the denial of a proposal to allow commercial gillnetting in the East Florida Coast Pelagic Longline Closed Area, and passage of a bill to close a loophole in the Billfish Conservation Act that would have led to increased commercial exploitation, ASA played an active role in ensuring the conservation of billfish.

Many of these policy victories were years in the making, and we’d like to credit much of their success to ASA’s past President and CEO, Mike Nussman, and past Vice President of Government Affairs, Scott Gudes, both of whom retired from ASA in 2018. Their skilled leadership and tireless advocacy were instrumental in achieving these, and many other policy successes in which ASA has taken part.

While much work remains ahead, our 2018 successes will benefit the recreational fishing industry for years to come.

ASA’s 2019 federal legislative policy priorities include:

  • Reauthorization of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which must occur as part of the Highway Bill reauthorization expected during the 116th Congress.
  • Enactment of a public lands package that addresses key sportsmen’s issues.
  • Securing robust federal funding for important fisheries conservation and public access programs.
  • Addressing marine fisheries legislative priorities, including improving forage fish conservation, restoring coral reefs, banning drift gillnets in federal waters and making further improvements to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

In addition to our federal priorities, with the hiring of several new, regional-focused Government Affairs staff, ASA is excited to be more active and effective in the numerous local, state and regional issues affecting the sportfishing industry.

ASA’s Government Affairs staff is already hard at work educating new lawmakers, and reeducating returning ones, in Washington D.C. and throughout the country on the importance of recreational fishing to the nation. With your help, we can hopefully achieve even more successes in 2019 and beyond.

 

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry and anglers a unified voice when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic, conservation and social values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 49 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing, our national angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for 800,000 people.

The American Sportfishing Association’s Top Policy Accomplishments of 2018

The American Sportfishing Association’s Top Policy Accomplishments of 2018
By Mike Leonard, Vice President, Government Affairs and
Clay Crabtree, Policy Director 

With the 116th Congress being sworn in today, we wanted to highlight the policy accomplishments the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and its members and partners achieved in 2018, as well as our 2019 priorities.

While many factors can affect the success of the sportfishing industry, the policy issues in which ASA engages typically fall into two categories: fisheries conservation and public access. Ensuring fish stocks and their habitat are healthy and that anglers have reasonable access to get out on the water are the cornerstones of a successful sportfishing industry, and we achieved positive progress on both fronts in 2018.

The 2018 highlights include:

  • Advancing Everglades Restoration Passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 helps address the environmentally damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee by authorizing the Everglades Agricultural Storage Reservoir project and requiring an expedited review of how Lake Okeechobee levels are managed under its regulation schedule.
  • Protecting Traditional Fishing Tackle – ASA successfully secured languagein the federal funding bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from restricting lead fishing tackle, as well as helped to defeat a bill in California that would have banned lead fishing tackle.
  • Addressing Predation of Pacific Northwest Salmon The enacted Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act helps to address one of the most pressing issues facing Pacific Northwest fisheries by empowering trained state and tribal managers to better combat the negative consequences of unchecked sea lion predation on salmon at environmental pinch points.
  • Great Lakes Fisheries Funding – ASA supported greater federal funding for a variety of Great Lakes fisheries programs, including those aimed at preventing the spread of Asian carp, which poses a significant threat to the Great Lakes fisheries and their $7 billion a year economic impact.
  • Banning Drift Gillnets in California California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a state bill that ends commercial drift gillnet fishing – which has unacceptably high bycatch levels – and encourages a transition to more sustainable fishing gear.
  • Gulf Red Snapper Management Reform – After years of shrinking season lengths despite increasing red snapper abundance, the Gulf of Mexico region states have been allowed an increased role in managing red snapper, which has improved fishing access and data collection.
  • Combatting Harmful Algal Blooms Congress reauthorized the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 2018, which authorizes important programs to study and help mitigate the impacts of harmful algal blooms and their damaging impacts on fisheries.
  • Billfish Conservation – Through the denial of a proposal to allow commercial gillnetting in the East Florida Coast Pelagic Longline Closed Area, and passage of a bill to close a loophole in the Billfish Conservation Act that would have led to increased commercial exploitation, ASA played an active role in ensuring the conservation of billfish.

Many of these policy victories were years in the making, and we’d like to credit much of their success to ASA’s past President and CEO, Mike Nussman, and past Vice President of Government Affairs, Scott Gudes, both of whom retired from ASA in 2018. Their skilled leadership and tireless advocacy were instrumental in achieving these, and many other policy successes in which ASA has taken part.

While much work remains ahead, our 2018 successes will benefit the recreational fishing industry for years to come.

ASA’s 2019 federal legislative policy priorities include:

  • Reauthorization of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which must occur as part of the Highway Bill reauthorization expected during the 116th Congress.
  • Enactment of a public lands package that addresses key sportsmen’s issues.
  • Securing robust federal funding for important fisheries conservation and public access programs.
  • Addressing marine fisheries legislative priorities, including improving forage fish conservation, restoring coral reefs, banning drift gillnets in federal waters and making further improvements to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

In addition to our federal priorities, with the hiring of several new, regional-focused Government Affairs staff, ASA is excited to be more active and effective in the numerous local, state and regional issues affecting the sportfishing industry.

ASA’s Government Affairs staff is already hard at work educating new lawmakers, and reeducating returning ones, in Washington D.C. and throughout the country on the importance of recreational fishing to the nation. With your help, we can hopefully achieve even more successes in 2019 and beyond.

 

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry and anglers a unified voice when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic, conservation and social values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 49 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing, our national angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for 800,000 people.

Announcing Conservation Grants

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PARTNER IN CONSERVATION GRANTS

With a long history of supporting conservation efforts by donating 10 percent of company profits through their 10% Pledge, AFTCO continues that tradition with the AFTCO / B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Grant Program. The program was formally announced by AFTCO President Bill Shedd at the recent B.A.S.S. Conservation Summit held during the GEICO Bassmaster Classic in Greenville, South Carolina.

“As part of our entrance into the bass fishing clothing world after 60 years focused on saltwater, AFTCO is pleased to partner with B.A.S.S. in this AFTCO / B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Grant Program. We look forward to supporting local B.A.S.S. Nation conservation projects in their efforts to improve bass habitats and fisheries,” explained Shedd.

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Spring Sight Fishing with Jared Lintner
SPRING SIGHT FISHING WITH JARED LINTNER

Spring is upon us across most of the country. Tournament season is in full effect, the shallows are heating up, and plants and trees are starting to bloom. For an avid largemouth angler like myself, this means it’s time to sight fish.

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Haven’t we waited long enough?


Haven’t we waited long enough?
For years, various versions of the Sportsmen’s Act have made progress in Congress only to stall out. While many of these bills had significant support, none of them were ever signed into law.

Finally, a new bill with a new name has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that has strong bipartisan support.

Called the “Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act,” or HELP for Wildlife Act, this bill is good news for anglers, hunters, and anyone who loves the outdoors.

Officially known as S. 1514, the HELP for Wildlife Act includes many provisions specifically for our nation’s freshwater and saltwater anglers. These include:

  • Protections for traditional fishing tackle from unwarranted regulation by the EPA.
  • Authorizing the National Fish Habitat Partnerships program which will conserve, restore and enhance fish habitat throughout the nation, providing better fishing opportunities.
  • Provisions beneficial to the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Reauthorization of important conservation programs like the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Now is the time to send a message to your Senator asking them to support the HELP for Wildlife Act.