Recreational Fishing Industry’s Inaugural Online Auction a Success

Alexandria, VA – The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recently held its inaugural online auction to raise funds in support of Keep America Fishing. Keep America Fishing (KAF) is the association’s grassroots advocacy program that provides our nation’s 55 million anglers a way to let their voices be heard when fisheries policy and management decisions will impact recreational fishing.

“Keep America Fishing helps give the American angler a voice in the halls of Congress and in state legislatures across the county,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “The website and email-based advocacy campaigns amplify the efforts of ASA’s Government Affairs team who work so diligently to support the industry, our anglers and fisheries management.”

The auction, which ran from September 16 – 19, had something for everyone and was well-received nationally with 26 states represented among the winning bidders.

The Keep America Fishing online fundraiser was unique in that it featured ICAST 2021 New Product Showcase “Best of Category” winning products as well as dozens of new products that were featured in the New Product Showcase – many of them not available elsewhere. The New Product Showcase is the featured event during ICAST, the recreational fishing industry’s annual trade show.

“Without the generosity of ASA’s members, this event would not have been possible,” said ASA Member Relations Manager Rob Russel. “The combination of our member’s great products and the passion of Keep America Fishing supporters made this auction a home run.”


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 55 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 nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for 800,000 people.