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American Sportfishing Association Summit to go virtual

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Chris Stirewalt, an American politics editor for Fox News, will be the keynote speaker at the ASA’s Virtual Summit.

The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) Summit, one of the most important events on the industry calendar, is to go virtual this year.

Previously planned to take place in Naples, Florida, the gathering brings together the biggest players in the industry to network and address key issues and policy. 

However, just as it did with the ICAST trade show in July, the ASA has transferred the event online because of the continuing challenges of COVID-19.

The Summit’s schedule will still be spread over the original dates from October 13 to 16 and will follow a similar format to the onsite event, the Association announced yesterday afternoon. Registration will be free to all current ASA members.

“Our Board of Directors determined that an onsite, in-person Summit was not possible this year,” said the announcement. “In its place we are planning a virtual annual business meeting with the Board and committee meetings along with remarks by industry leaders and ASA staff.”

The format will also include a keynote presentation by Chris Stirewalt, an American politics editor for the Fox News Channel, taking an overview of the upcoming US elections.

Anyone who would like to support the virtual Summit is invited to contact the ASA’s Member Relations Manager, Rob Russel, at  for more information about sponsorships.

Angling International this week revealed that Japan’s two biggest tackle shows, the Japan Fishing Festival in Yokohama and the Fishing Show Osaka, which were due to take place in January and February next year, have already been cancelled because of the continued threat of the pandemic.

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