About the Sportfishing Industry’s Trade Association
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the sportfishing industry’s trade association, was created in 1933 to represent tackle manufacturers’ business interests. Since then, the association has evolved from representing the interests of just tackle manufacturers to championing the entire sportfishing community. The association is funded primarily through membership dues and income generated by our annual trade show.
As the nation’s recreational fishing trade association, ASA supports the interests of hundreds of businesses, agencies and organizations and is the champion for the sportfishing industry. ASA’s members include sportfishing and boating manufacturers and their representatives, allied manufacturers, independent and chain outdoor retail stores, state fish and wildlife agencies, conservation organizations, federal land and water management agencies, angler advocacy groups, outdoor media groups and journalists.
Our members, depending on their industry perspective, have different concerns varying from the federal manufacturers’ excise tax, counterfeiting, marketing and supply line changes, participation in the sport and keeping our nation’s waters open, clean and abundant with fish. ASA represents all their interests.