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On June 28, 2000, an initial organizational meeting of nine U. S. based salvage companies was held in Washington, D.C. to discuss the idea of forming an organization of professional salvors. The intent was to promote and professionalize the salvage industry, increase training, and to provide a facility to positively impact relationships with Federal & State agencies, the marine industry, and the general public as well.

Since the initial organizational meeting, the American Salvage Association has moved rapidly to implement these objectives. During its first meetings with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy in Washington, the ASA was generously welcomed as an experienced and interested voice in creating a more productive salvage response in the United States. Among the issues discussed was the upgrading of the salvor's presence, training, communication, and a general recognition that the salvor is a primary, integral and important asset to be utilized at any marine casualty. Pollution response most often gets the media attention; prompt and effective salvage gets results.

"We are certain history has amply demonstrated that a prompt, effective salvage response is, by far, the most efficient, cost effective road to success in protecting our marine environment as well as the general public," commented J. Arnold Witte, the ASA's founding president. "Our interest now is to continue to build a response for the future. The spotlight must now shift from spill response to the salvor who has long been ignored as the distant cousin in the response scenario."