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I am a Steward

April 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

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Something about Earth Day makes this a bit more noteworthy. I know I’ve spoken a lot of Recycled Fish in the past, but I’m hoping, if you haven’t before, you’ll take a look to see what Recycled Fish is about. I’ll be out this September for the 2011 Fish-A-Thon and I’m looking forward to spending the weekend on the water. Recycled Fish recently updated their look, and here’s Teeg Stouf­fer, director, has this to say about the program:

We are more than an­glers. More than what we do for our jobs. We are more than par­ents and kids. More than ten­ants or home­own­ers; more than con­sumers. We are Stew­ards.

That’s the mes­sage at Re­cy­cled Fish, the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of ‘an­glers liv­ing a lifestyle of stew­ard­ship both on and off the wa­ter, be­cause our lifestyle runs down­stream.’ Just in time for Earth Day, the Re­cy­cled Fish web­site (RecycledFish.​org) has taken on a new look, and a timely in­vi­ta­tion to take the Sports­man’s Stew­ard­ship Pledge.

“Be­fore, across the top of every page we had a dozen species of fish be­ing re­leased,” says Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Teeg Stouf­fer. “Our new look re­flects not just what we do, but who we are. And we are stew­ards. This is much big­ger than just catch and re­lease.”

Keep­ing in time with both Earth Day and the spring fish­ing sea­son, Re­cy­cled Fish in­vites an­glers to take the Sports­man’s Stew­ard­ship Pledge.

“Our lifestyle runs down­stream, so every­day choices like what we put on our lawns, whether we buy re­cy­cled pa­per, or turn­ing off a light when we leave a room mat­ter just as much as catch and re­lease and se­lec­tive har­vest,” says Stouf­fer.

An­glers who be­lieve that our wa­ters need not just sports­men, but stew­ards, are en­cour­aged to take the Stew­ard­ship Pledge.

It’s free to take the Sports­man’s Stew­ard­ship Pledge and join Re­cy­cled Fish, but for just a $10 do­na­tion you’ll re­ceive a Stew­ard­ship Kit in­clud­ing lead free tackle from Bul­let Weights, Dai­ichi Cir­cle Hooks, a Shark Tooth line cut­ter, a Seafood Watch Card, dis­counts from Re­cy­cled Fish part­ners and in­for­ma­tion on easy ways to live as a stew­ard every day.

Se­ri­ous stew­ards make a $25 do­na­tion and re­ceive a Stew­ard­ship Kit in­clud­ing those gifts plus a Re­cy­cled Fish T-Shirt and a $5 Gift Cer­tifi­cate to DICK’S Sport­ing Goods as thanks for help­ing sup­port the cause.

“For every dol­lar do­nated we can get about three gal­lons of trash off a lake, or teach two kids about tak­ing care of their wa­ters,” said Stouf­fer.

To take the Sports­man’s Stew­ard­ship Pledge visit www.​RecycledFish.​org and click on the Sports­man’s Stew­ard­ship Pledge logo.

In other news, I managed to get out and go fishing! I spent two days on the water, one salty, one fresh, and had all sorts of fun. I’ll have a full report this weekend!

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