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Fishing Industry Executives Thank Anglers for Funding Conservation


The latest “Connecting with Conservation” video features fishing industry executives from Rapala, Shimano, Pure Fishing, and others educating and thanking their customers for being primary funders of conservation.

By purchasing fishing licenses and excised taxed products such as fishing rods, reels, lures, and motor boat fuel, millions of American fishermen are truly “primary funders of conservation.” Unfortunately, many anglers are unaware of how important their contributions are to funding conservation.

During ICAST 2023, Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation partnered with the American Sportfishing Association and top industry manufacturers to better inform and thank anglers for leading the way in conservation funding.

“We have such a successful funding model that sustains healthy fisheries across the U.S. that folks need to know how it works,” said Glenn Hughes, ASA president. “State wildlife agencies, fishing industry manufacturers, and everyday anglers have been making conservation work for nearly a century and ASA is happy to help spread that message.”

OSCF’s latest “Connecting with Conservation” video features seven fishing industry executives from Rapala, Shimano, St. Croix, Pure Fishing, PRADCO, Z-Man, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, educating and thanking their customers for being primary funders of conservation.

“I’ve enjoyed fishing for more than 40 years and want my fellow anglers to know just how important they are to funding fish conservation in America,” said John Bloom, board treasurer for Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation. OSCF’s “Connecting with Conservation” video series is a terrific first step in explaining how conservation is funded.”

The video is part of a series of videos produced by OSCF with the support of The Murray Road Agency. Funding for this project is provided by the Multistate Conservation Grant Program, a program supported with funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and jointly managed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.