ICAST Online has come and gone, and while the industry analyzes the after effects of the virtual trade show, there’s plenty of vital information leftover to sift through. One of the show’s strengths was the global availability of breakout sessions online.
These sessions are often one of the most valuable aspects of ICAST; yet, they sometimes live outside of the show’s spotlight due to the difficulties involved with getting off of the show floor. Not so this year, as those sessions are available for on demand streaming right now.
Here’s a look at five key ICAST webinars you might have missed that are worth your time today.
State of the Industry Address
Essential viewing for any retailer or manufacturer, the State of the Industry address not only honors those friends and colleagues who have passed this year; but also details the influx of anglers—an estimated 8 million this year—and how our industry can step up to retain those anglers. It’s a must-see for anyone even remotely interested in the future of fishing. Guests include ASA Chairman of the Board Chris Megan, ASA President Glenn Hughes, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Senior Vice President of Communications Stephanie Vatalaro.
The Latest Trends in Social Media
It’s difficult to find social media advice from people who aren’t trying to sell you their services; but ICAST Online tapped a rogue’s gallery of specialists from within the industry to give you success stories and strategies that have paid dividends for them. Join Garmin’s Steve Lovell, Yamaha’s Brad Dreyer, Power-Pole’s William Bean, Huk’s Pete Angle and Pure Fishing’s Christine Stahr to learn more about changes in social media that your company can take advantage of today.
Federal Excise Taxes — Where Do They Go?
It’s no secret that federal excise taxes fund much of the fishing industry, but where do those dollars actually go and how can they help your business? BEAM Consulting’s Mitch King takes on the subject and breaks down these overlooked, important factors for growing your business.
Aquatic Invasive Species
It’s the issue that never goes away, aquatic invasive species. Like it or not, our industry is based on delicate ecosystems that require native and established species to flourish. Join ASA Inland Fisheries Policy Manager Chad Tokowicz, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Chief of Fisheries Frank Fiss, U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s Chief of Aquatic Invasive Species Craig Martin, and Wildlife Forever CEO Pat Conzemius as they discuss the latest developments regarding invasive species management and combat around the country.
The Modern Fish Act: What Progress Has Been Made in 1.5 Years?
In 2018, Congress passed the Modern Fish Act, a historic piece of legislation that will help protect fisheries and angler access to fisheries for years to come. In this update, Center for Sportfishing Policy President Jeff Angers joins Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Center for Marine Fisheries Director Chris Macaluso, ASA Southeast Fisheries Policy Director Kellie Ralston, ASA Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Leonard, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Senior Director of Fisheries Policy Chris Horton, and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) Legislative Assistant Neal McMillin to check in on the Modern Fish Act and the impact it’s already having on the sportfishing world.