American Sportfishing Association and Keep Florida Fishing Host 2017 Sportfishing Summit October 10-13 in Clearwater Beach, Florida

(CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla.) – The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Keep Florida Fishing will gather for its annual Sportfishing Summit taking place October 10-13, 2017 at the Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The four-day meeting will include guest speakers from across the country, along with Florida State Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater).

“Florida is known as the ‘Fishing Capital of the World,’ with more than three million anglers who support more than 128,000 jobs,” said Mike Nussman, President and CEO of the ASA. “With an economic impact of $9.6 billion, and $53.3 million in state conservation efforts, it is a natural fit for us to host our annual meeting in the Sunshine State. In addition, given the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma, when we heard that the Opal Sands was open and ready for business, there was no doubt that we would continue to hold our meeting here.”

“We look forward to gathering with sportfishing industry members to collaborate on ways to engage anglers—particularly young people, to encourage all generations to keep Florida fishing,” said Kellie Ralston, ASA’s Florida Fishery Policy Director.

Speakers include Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service; Chris Willard, R3 Coordinator, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Dave Chanda, Vice President, State Agency Engagement, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.

ASA has held membership meetings since 1933, officially designating it as the Sportfishing Summit in 2002. What began as a meeting of fishing tackle manufacturers has now evolved into a business venue for big-picture and long-term thinking for the broader sportfishing community.