WHO: Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA)
WHAT: Classic Roundtable on National Recreational Fishing
WHEN: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Soldotna Sports Center, Side Room, Soldotna
GUESTS: U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
Joe Balash, Chief of Staff, Senator Dan Sullivan
MODERATOR: Martin Peters, Manager Government Relations, Yamaha Marine
PANELISTS: Jeff Gabriel, Legislative Counsel
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Bob Hayes, Former CCA General Counsel
Center for Coastal Conservation Board of Directors
Mike Leonard, Ocean Resource Policy Director
American Sportfishing Association
Kara Moriarty, Executive Director
Alaska Oil and Gas Association & KRSA Board Member
Geoff Mullins, Chief Operating and Communication Officer
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Pat Murray, President
Coastal Conservation Association
Since 2013, the Classic Roundtable has been convened to address national issues related to the recreational fishing industry and how they can be best addressed at the local, statewide and national level. KRSA in conjunction with event sponsor Yamaha Marine brings national and state experts to Soldotna to discuss current hurdles and opportunities facing the industry and to formulate a long-term plan to confront the challenges while supporting the opportunities that exist.
America’s 11 million saltwater anglers spend $26.5 billion each year on fishing equipment, tackle, apparel and travel, creating 455,000 American jobs, generating $20.5 billion in income and contributing $70 billion to the American economy. According to government data, recreational fishing contributes more to the economy than many other industries that are more prominent in the public eye.
The recreational community faces many challenges that can be divided into three groups: an inadequate federal management system, environmental threats, and public misunderstanding about the role of recreational fishing in our economy and culture. Each panelist will discuss these issues, possible solutions and their vision for the future of sport angling in the United States.
Video will be available at www.krsa.com on Thursday Aug. 20