WASHINGTON D.C. — Former American Sportfishing Association president Mike Nussman received the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award for his advocacy for recreational fishing.
Center for Sportfishing Policy president Jeff Angers presented the award, an antique sextant, to Nussman during the American Boating Congress on Wednesday.
Nussman joined the American Sportfishing Association as vice president for government affairs in 1993 and took the helm as president and CEO in October 2001.
After 25 years of faithful service to our industry, he retired earlier this year, “and hasn’t stopped working since,” said Angers.
“This is an exciting time in marine policy,” said Nussman after accepting the award. “It’s not so exciting I’m going to reverse my retirement but it is a really important time in our history.”
Passage of the Modern Fish Act would help bring saltwater fishing more in line to what it’s true economic importance is, said Nussman.
Like the man for whom this award is named, Nussman has shared his passion for fishing with others and ensured recreational fishing exists for future generations, said Angers.
“His has been the leadership role in important battles for access to America’s public fishery resources,” said Angers. “And he has led many of the same institutions so important to marine recreational fishing and boating.”
In addition to playing an important part in many pieces of legislation, including the Sport Fish Restoration Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Nussman was a driving force for the legislation that established the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation which has provided nearly $100 million for a nationwide, collaborative campaign to promote these outdoor pastimes, said Angers.
Read more about the American Boating Congress in this week’s Trade Only Today and in the June edition of Soundings Trade Only.