Florida Governor Rick Scott Proclaims July as Keep Florida Fishing Month
-Proclamation Unveiled at the World’s Largest Recreational Fishing Trade Show in Orlando-
(Orlando, Fla.) – Last Thursday, Florida Governor Rick Scott presented Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), with an official proclamation declaring July as Keep Florida Fishing Month. The presentation was made during ICAST, the largest recreational fishing trade show in the world held July 12 – 15, at the Orange County Convention Center.
“Governor Rick Scott has been a proponent of recreational fishing in Florida, and under his leadership, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides world renowned fisheries management,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fisheries Policy Director for the ASA. “We appreciate the Governor’s efforts to make Florida an attractive destination for anglers year-round and for codifying his support by proclaiming July 2016 as Keep Florida Fishing Month.”
“More than three million licensed anglers fish in Florida each year, and we are working to ensure they have clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both,” said Gary Jennings, Keep Florida Fishing® Manager. “Governor Scott understands that recreational fishing is a huge economic driver for our state, and we celebrate a shared goal and vision to Keep Florida Fishing for generations to come.”
Keep Florida Fishing® is an advocacy arm of the ASA, representing the interests of the recreational fishing community. Florida’s anglers contribute $9.3 billion in annual economic activity and support more than 123,000 jobs in the state. Florida anglers also are the financial force behind the state’s fisheries conservation efforts, providing $46.5 million annually through fishing-license fees and excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel.
About Keep Florida Fishing®
Keep Florida Fishing® is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association with the goal of ensuring Florida anglers have clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both. Learn more at www.KeepFloridaFishing.org. Find Keep Florida Fishing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
About the American Sportfishing Association
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 46 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 more than $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for more than 828,000 people.
ICAST, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, is the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show. In its 59th year, ICAST took place July 12-15, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. ICAST Week 2016, the largest show yet, hosted close to 600 exhibitors, a 650,000 gross-square-foot show floor, a week-long lineup of business and networking events and 15,000 attendees. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the trade group that represents the sportfishing industry, ICAST is the venue for launching new fishing products and setting industry trends. For additional information, go to www.ICASTFishing.org.
KEEP FLORIDA FISHING MONTH
WHEREAS, Florida Is the Fishing Capital of the World because of its natural resources and responsible fisheries management; and
WHEREAS, recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing in Florida support more than 123,300 jobs and contribute $9.3 billion to the economy; and
WHEREAS, more than 3 million licensed anglers fish in Florida annually; and
WHEREAS, fishing contributes to Florida’s tourism industry, attracting more than 1.2 million anglers to our state each year; and
WHEREAS, Florida’s fisheries are made up of approximately 7,700 lakes; 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals; and 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission effectively manages Florida’s state fisheries and works to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy Florida’s natural resources; and
WHEREAS, the American Sportfishing Association created the Keep Florida Fishing initiative with the goal of ensuring that Florida’s anglers have access to clean waters and abundant fisheries;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing July 2016 as Keep Florida Fishing Month.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 30th day of June, in the year two thousand sixteen.