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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) joined the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and other partners July 11 at the 2012 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) fishing trade show to continue the yearlong celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), one of the most significant and successful partnership approaches to fish and wildlife conservation in U.S. history.

Fishing legends Jimmy Houston and Rowland Martin kicked off the event sharing their history in the sport and the importance of conservation funding.

The “WSFR 75 – It’s Your Nature” celebration brings together federal and state fish and wildlife agencies; the hunting, shooting, angling, and boating industries; and conservation groups to mark a milestone of partnership success that has led to 75 years of quality hunting, fishing, shooting, boating and wildlife-related recreation. The occasion also marks the beginning of a new era in wildlife conservation, during which the partners will establish new goals for fostering and maintaining partnerships to continue conservation and outdoor recreation into the next 75 years and beyond.

“The Service is proud to join our partners in recognizing more than seven decades of wildlife conservation and quality outdoor recreational opportunities,” said Director Dan Ashe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “With our nation’s support and our partnership’s renewed commitment, WSFR will help more Americans enjoy wildlife and our great outdoors for many years to come.”

Through the WSFR program, several innovative and foundational fish and wildlife conservation programs are administered. The first was created on September 2, 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, which raises funds through a dedicated excise tax on sporting guns and ammunition. In 1950, the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act was enacted and added to the WSFR program. Through this law, funds are provided for fish conservation and boating and fishing recreational programs in each state through an excise tax placed on certain fishing and boating equipment and fuels.

“Since its 1937 inception, WSFR has provided more than $14 billion to support fish and wildlife restoration and management,” said Hannibal Bolton, the Service’s assistant director for the WSFR program. “The program and its partners, including the sporting arms industry, conservation groups, and sportsmen and sportswomen, are coming together for this anniversary to renew their commitment to conserve fish and wildlife and enhance hunter, angler, and boater recreation.”

These funds, administered by the Service, are combined with hunting license dollars in each state to fund important state wildlife conservation and hunting programs.

“The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the state game and fish agencies have grown up together because of the funds provided by the WSFR programs,” said Director Ashe. “And these funds are required by law to be used only for the maintenance and enhancement of fish and wildlife populations.”

The WSFR 75th anniversary will include participation in various fish and wildlife conservation events and conferences throughout the year, to culminate with National Hunting and Fishing Day in September 2012.

For more information about the WSFR program and its 75th Anniversary in 2012, visit:

· http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/

· http://www.wsfr75.com

· Facebook: http:///www.facebook.com/WSFR75

· Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wsfr75

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at http://www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq

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From exhibitors to buyers to outdoor media, 9,000 representatives from the global sportfishing community converged on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., July 11-13, for the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. The 55th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), represents the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, driving sportfishing companies’ product sales year round and is the showcase for the latest innovations in gear and accessories.

“The last time we were in Orlando it was 2009,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. “Despite an ailing economy, we had a good show. But this year, we had a great show. Show attendance, overall, is up 23 percent and buyer attendance is up 25 percent. We had 9,000 show attendees with more than 3,000 buyers and more than 760 media in attendance to cover the show.”

Nussman further said, “ICAST is our industry’s show. It’s very important to us that we create the show that the industry wants. Based on their input, we expanded the business seminars, improved our attendee promotion and simplified the show hours. Our commitment to our member exhibitors, media and all show attendees is to listen and improve this show in any and every way we can. We look forward to seeing everyone next year for ICAST 2013 being held July 10-12, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.”

This year, Jessie Allen, general manager for the Orange County Convention Center, presented a proclamation to ASA on behalf of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs that declared the week of July 8 as ICAST Week. Allen presented this during the annual State of the Industry Breakfast where 600 industry members heard about some of the challenges facing recreational fishing and the progress being made regarding the industry’s angler advocacy campaign, KeepAmericaFishing.

“Breakfast attendees were also regaled with stories from our special guest speaker, legendary men’s basketball coach, Bob Knight,” said Nussman. “An avid angler himself, he kept a smile on everyone’s face and helped set the stage for a great opening day.”

Jeff Marble, ASA’s Chairman of the Board, and CEO, Frabill, Inc., had this to say about the show and business in general. “Business is healthy. Retailers are very upbeat and looking towards the future. I heard many positive comments about the show. There is also a positive feeling about ASA’s leadership, the Board of Directors and the Show Committee. We will always have challenges, but we feel confident about the future.”

Dave Bulthuis, vice president of Sales for Costa and the ICAST Show Committee chairman, also said he was hearing great comments about the show. “Orlando does seem to be a good show location and there is a lot of enthusiasm about our show’s future. We will bring that enthusiasm and momentum with us to Las Vegas in 2013.”

ICAST Director Ken Andres echoed everyone’s comments. “We saw great attendance this year with lots of product on display on the show floor. Our aim is to continually enhance the show for the benefit of our exhibitors, buyers, media and other attendees who now view the show as a “must attend” industry event. We look forward to seeing everyone in Las Vegas in 2013.”

KeepAmericaFishing, the industry’s angler advocacy campaign, which launched during ICAST 2010, has seen significant growth in its angler member base and a big uptick in support from pro anglers across the board. “KeepAmericaFishing has seen great growth over the past two years and anglers are having a positive impact on issues that affect their ability to enjoy a day on the water,” said ASA Vice President Gordon Robertson.

Robertson further said, “We now have more than 20 pros on board who are doing their part to urge anglers to become KeepAmericaFishing members and supporters. During the show, they taped a series of video messages in support of our effort and we can’t thank them enough for their time, their energy and their support. We also thank Bob Knight for taping a message for us urging anglers to do everything they can to preserve our fishing heritage.”

2012 ICAST Show Sponsors
ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2012 sponsors are: Gold sponsors – Crocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; Frabill, Inc.; NBC Sports Network; Outdoor Channel; Take Me Fishing™; and WFN: World Fishing Network. Silver sponsors – Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing; Gemini Custom Apparel; In-Fisherman; Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corp.; North American Fisherman; and Simms Fishing Products. Bronze sponsors – Bass Minder; Classic Fishing Products; Columbia Sportswear; Tackle Webs; and Stormr.

The New Product Showcase “Best of Show” Awards
Making up a special section of ICAST’s 375,000-square-foot show floor, the New Product Showcase provides unique visibility for the latest innovations in sportfishing gear and accessories. The submitted products compete in the “Best of Show” competition where buyers and media members judge each new product.

This year Hobie Cat’s Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 was voted by buyers and media as the most innovative product in the ICAST 2012 New Product Showcase in both the Boat category and the overall “Best of Show.”

This year, the Showcase included 21 categories, as well as the overall “Best of Show” award. ASA also added a new category – FishSmart Tackle – to recognize gear and tackle that helps improve the survivability of fish. The Seaqualizer won the award in its inaugural year.

2012 ICAST New Product Showcase Award Winners
For product details, images and other information please contact the individual award winners’ contacts listed below.

ICAST 2012 Overall Best of Show – Hobie Cat, Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12
Media Contact: Ingrid Niehaus, 949-235-7860, iniehaus@hobiecat.com

Best of Show – Apparel – Columbia Sportswear, Airgill Chill Zero Long Sleeve Shirt
Media Contact: Andrea Pallavicini, 503-545-9823, apallavicini@columbia.com

Best of Show – Boat – Hobie Cat, Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12
Media Contact: Ingrid Niehaus, 949-235-7860, iniehaus@hobiecat.com

Best of Show – Boating Accessory – JL Marine Systems, Inc. – Power-Pole Drift Paddle
Media Contact: Robert Shamblin, 813-833-0597, robert@powerpole.com

Best of Show – Combo – Pure Fishing, Inc., Penn Battle Combo
Media Contact: Ron Giudice, 405-740-2740, ron@blueheroncomm.com

Best of Show – Electronics – Johnson Outdoors, Humminbird 360 Imaging
Media Contact: Steve Roth, 402-437-6418, steveroth@swansonrussell.com

Best of Show – Eyewear – Costa, Costa 580 P Sunsrise Lenses
Media Contact: Liza Jones, 864-270-0722, liza@fullcirclepr.com

Best of Show – Fishing Accessory – American Premier Corporation, The Ultimate Line Winding System
Media Contact: Mike Roe, 909-590-8680, mroe@americanpremiercorp.com

Best of Show – FishSmart Tackle – The SeaQuilizer
Media Contact: Allison Liederman, 786-258-1163, info@theseaqualizer.com

Best of Show – Fly Fishing Accessory – Luna Sea, LLC – Master Guide Fly Rod “Cush It”
Media Contact: Mick Saundons, 269-806-3596, lunaseamick@hotmail.com

Best of Show – Fly Fishing Reel – Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle – Wright & McGill Sabalos Saltwater Fly Reel
Media Contact: Chris Russell, 303-903-4703, crussell@eagleclaw.com

Best of Show – Fly Fishing Rod – G. Loomis – NRX Fly Rod
Media Contact: John Mazurkiewicz, 574-292-2500, jpmazurk@ameritech.net

Best of Show – Freshwater Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc., Abu Garcia Revo
Media Contact: Ron Giudice, 405-740-2740, ron@blueheroncomm.com

Best of Show – Freshwater Rod – St. Croix Rods – Legend Xtreme
Media Contact: Noel Vick, 612-708-7339, noel@traditionsmedia.com

Best of Show – Giftware – 3D Picture Store, Inc. – Jigsaw
Media Contact: Jason Garstecki, 847-921-0760, jay@3dpicturestore.com

Best of Show – Kids’ Tackle – Pure Fishing, Inc. – Shakespeare Hide-A-Hook Bobber Kit
Media Contact: Ron Giudice, 405-740-2740, ron@blueheroncomm.com

Best of Show – Line – Pure Fishing, Inc. – Berkley Trilene XL/XT
Media Contact: Ron Giudice, 405-740-2740, ron@blueheroncomm.com

Best of Show – Hard Lure – Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corporation – Live Target Frog Popper
Media Contact: Tom Choplin, 905-327-9095, tom@koppersfishing.com

Best of Show – Soft Lure – Lunkerhunt LP – Bento Baits
Media Contact: David Macdonald, 289-388-7370, david@lunkerhunt.com

Best of Show – Saltwater Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc. – Penn Spinfisher V
Media Contact: Ron Giudice, 405-740-2740, ron@blueheroncomm.com

Best of Show – Saltwater Rod – St. Croix Rods – Legend Inshore
Media Contact: Noel Vick, 612-708-7339, noel@traditionsmedia.com

Best of Show – Tackle Management – Magnetic Marine Products, Inc. – Gear Grabbar Lure Hangar Kit
Media Contact: Jennifer Gesik, 616-292-8793, Jennifer@Magneticmarineproducts.com

Best of Show Terminal Tackle – Pure Fishing, Inc. – Berkley Gulp! Jig Heads
Media Contact: Ron Giudice, 405-740-2740, ron@blueheroncomm.com

ICAST 2013 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev., July 10-12, 2013.

For complete ICAST information, visit ICASTfishing.org.

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