It goes without saying that bass anglers love the feeling that comes with catching a big bass. The only thing better than that feeling is the one you get when you catch two or more. Catching bigger fish requires healthy waters, and a new relationship between B.A.S.S. and Recycled Fish is aiming to consistently make this a reality.
This new partnership will result in B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Conservation Directors and B.A.S.S. clubs around the world utilizing programs such as the Recycled Fish 1 Million Stewards program. This program provides reusable mesh lake cleanup bags packaged with the "We Are Stewards" booklet. The booklet describes everyday ways that anglers can care for their waters, when they're spending the day at the lake, or even when they're away from the water. When anglers use the cleanup bags, they can visit a website to report their efforts and earn recognition and prizes.
"There is no group of people more committed to healthy waters than anglers, and B.A.S.S. members represent the most passionate anglers in the world," said Teeg Stouffer, Recycled Fish Executive Director. "Together, Recycled Fish and B.A.S.S. can make the point that as concerned anglers, we don't just 'do' a lake cleanup once a year, we are lake cleanups, and we can live a lifestyle where our waters are better off on account of us. After all, healthy waters grow more and bigger fish."
The partnership inspires habitat restoration and improvement, helps fight the spread of invasive species, encourages watershed-level stewardship and S.A.F.E. Angling practices. It also addresses access issues and participation in the sport of fishing.
"B.A.S.S. Conservation is committed to caring for our waters from coast to coast and around the world," said Noreen Clough, B.A.S.S. Conservation Director. "Our award-winning projects are creating, maintaining and sustaining black bass fisheries and the habitats on which they depend. This partnership helps us continue to do so efficiently and in new and exciting ways."
Recycled Fish is the 501c3 non-profit organization of anglers living a lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water, because our lifestyle runs downstream. B.A.S.S. Conservation is a proactive leader in addressing the nation's vital aquatic conservation issues. The B.A.S.S. Conservation program focuses on six fundamental issues vital to the future health of the nation's aquatic resources: habitat, aquatic nuisance species, aquatic vegetation management, angler access, fish health and tournament fish care.
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