The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) announces that Glenn Hughes, a sportfishing industry veteran, will be the new vice president of industry relations starting December 1, 2013.

“Adding a senior staff member with a strong industry background will help ASA do an even better job of serving our members as our industry adapts to the economic and environmental changes that are impacting recreational fishing,” says ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman.

 “Not only does Glenn have more than 25 years of experience in the sportfishing industry, most recently with the Saltwater Fishing Group of Bonnier Corporation, he is also very familiar with how an association works having served on several program committees and as Chairman of ASA’s Data and Statistics Committee,” says Nussman.

“I am honored that I was selected for this position,” says Hughes. “I will do my best to serve the recreational fishing industry and look forward to supporting its members as the new Vice President of Industry Relations. Fishing has brought so much joy to my life and I will do my best to help the association improve our nation’s fisheries, increase participation in our sport and increase the bottom lines for our members.”

Hughes grew up fishing the lakes of Pennsylvania and along the Jersey Shore. He has lived for more than two decades in Florida honing his fishing skills in coastal waters all along the U.S. coastline as well as in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.