To pick up where I left off last night… I can’t even tell you how many times that I have been out fishing and come across trash or fish that were left by fishermen. Worm containers, knotted up fishing line, beer cans, “junk fish” (depends who you talk to- pike, perch, crappie, etc.) – the list goes on. Many times I come back with more than I went out with. I don’t know what people are thinking!
This past summer I can across Recycled Fish, a non-profit organization that promotes ” anglers living a lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water because our lifestyle runs downstream.” They are gaining quite a following throughout the fishing world and I hope people take something from their mission. I have done quite a bit of research on their organization in the past months and found that one of their projects looks very promising for the future of fishing. The project is known as S.A.F.E. Angling which stands for Sustaining Angling, Fish, & Ecosystems. This project focuses on new products, practices, and tackle that have a reduced-impact on the environment. Such products include lead-free lures, biodegradable baits, hooks, and angling accessories like nets and scales. Some of the companies participating in the green revolution of fishing are big name including: Berkley and Frabill. Everyone and everything can benefit from fishermen using these ideas.
Be sure you check out the Key Differences section on how Recycled Fish is different from other environmental organizations. I know many people a hesitant to support groups that advocate for the environment because usually that means limitations on us the sportsmen but I think there is a lot to take from these guys. They are fishing fools and want to promote our passion in the best light possible! They are also big on kids getting involved.
Be sure to check out Recycled Fish and purchase one of their “short rods” shirt.” The money goes to a great cause and the shirts are a riot! Lets all work together to keep the wild, wild.