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US fishing trade gathers to grow business

More than 220 boat and fishing business leaders gathered to network and swap  ideas at the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) 2019 Sportfishing Summit in Washington state.

ASA resident Glenn Hughes said there are five challenges that currently impact the recreational fishing industry: weather as a constant variable; the imposition of tariffs on products imported from China; turbulence in government; trade and commerce issues and policy issues surrounding water, fisheries management and public access to public waters.

He also noted that, although fishing participation was up for the fifth year in a row – 49.1. million to 49.4 million – the rate of those dropping out (the churn rate) is largely equal to new or returning anglers. Retention continues to be an industry-wide issue.

The board of directors unanimously agreed to support a long-range planning initiative that will involve board members and staff.

Glenn said: “This comprehensive, strategic planning initiative is an important step to build upon the association’s strengths and create a framework to guide us in the coming years. With a fresh vision, we can continue to be the best resource to our members and the entire recreational fishing community.”

  • The 2020 Sportfishing Summit will be held from October 12th to 15th at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, Florida. 

Author: Simon Calvert

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