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TRCP Saltwater Media Summit


The TRCP Saltwater Media Summit will be held in conjunction with the American Sportfishing Association’s ICAST trade show in Orlando, FL from July 12 to 15, 2016. ICAST annually attracts more than 11,000 representatives from the international sportfishing community to conduct business and network with industry leaders. Media members will experience firsthand the sportfishing industry’s $115-billion contribution to the economy and see the latest innovations in gear, accessories, and apparel.

For media inquiries, please email Kristyn Brady or call Kristyn at 617-501-6352.

The TRCP Saltwater Media Summit is presented by the TRCP and made possible by a variety of sponsors and partners. Corporate sponsorship funding helps cover event expenses and offer representatives of your company the opportunity to attend the summit and participate in meals, social activities and field outings.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Jenni Henry, director of development and corporate partnerships, by email at or by phone at 202-639-8727 ext. 25.


Wed. July 13, 11:30 am-1 pm
TRCP’s Saltwater Media Summit, Day One - Federal Recreational Fisheries Management: Is there a better way?
Open to all media. Lunch will be served. RSVP to

Featured speakers:
Whit Fosburgh, President and CEO, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Jeff Angers, President, Center for Coastal Conservation
Mike Nussman, President, American Sportfishing Association

The nation’s most contentious fisheries management issues are focused on the fish managed by federal law and regional management councils. While fisheries stocks recover from decades of over-harvest, anglers are seeing their access to these stocks limited more and more. Since the release of the report “A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries” in 2014, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and its partners have met with state and federal fisheries managers, anglers, recreational fishing business interests, biologists, and fisheries policy experts through a series of workshops to examine how to create more consistent access to these fish while building healthier stocks. Some of the recommendations from these experts could fundamentally change the current approach to federal fisheries management through law and policy.

In this press conference on day one of the TRCP’s Saltwater Media Summit at ICAST, recreational fisheries leaders will discuss potential management alternatives and their ongoing work with NOAA Fisheries and Congress to improve saltwater recreational fishing. The speakers will accept questions from the media.

Thur. July 14, 11:30 am-1 pm
TRCP’s Saltwater Media Summit, Day Two - Florida’s Fishing Crisis: How the recreational fishing community can help lead restoration efforts in the Everglades
Open to all media. Lunch will be served. RSVP to

Featured speakers:
• Aaron Adams, Ph.D., Director of Science and Conservation, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust
• Capt. Daniel Andrews, Captains for Clean Water
Stephen E. Davis III, Ph.D., Wetlands Ecologist, Everglades Foundation
Kellie Ralston, Florida Fishery Policy Director, American Sportfishing Association
Al Perkinson, Vice President of Marketing, Costa
Moderator - Gary Jennings, Manager, Keep Florida Fishing

Florida saltwater anglers labeled 2013’s warm-weather months as “The Lost Summer,” when rain and agricultural runoff from Lake Okeechobee destroyed saltwater fishing along South Florida’s east and west coasts. The Everglades needs more water from Okeechobee to move south, and anglers on both sides of the state need less freshwater to move east and west. Solutions have been proposed and tested for more than two decades but water quality problems are as bad now, if not worse than before. How can the recreational angling and conservation community work together to get more restoration projects on the ground and end this cycle of lost access?

2015 Saltwater Media Summit Recap - Orlando, Florida

  1. What you need to know before our 5th Annual Saltwater Media Summit
  2. The 2015 Saltwater Media Summit: Red Snapper, Gulf Habitat, and the Sportfishing Economy

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