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Fishing Industry Executives Inform And Thank Anglers For Being ‘Primary Funders Of Conservation’

Fishing Industry Executives, along with Outdoor Stewards of Conservation, Inform and Thank Anglers for Being ‘Primary Funders of Conservation’ in Newly Released Video.

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 (OSCF) partnered with the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and top industry manufacturers to better inform and thank anglers for leading the way in conservation funding.

ASA President, Glenn Hughes noted; “We have such a successful funding model that sustains healthy fisheries across the U.S. that folks need to know how it works. 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 Commission, educating and thanking their customers for being primary funders of conservation.

John Bloom, Board Treasurer for Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation stated; “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. OSCF’s ‘Connecting with Conservation’ video series is a terrific first-step in explaining how conservation is funded.”

This ‘Connecting with Conservation’ 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 (F23AP003940), 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. 

About Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF)

Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with all facets of the outdoor industry to use research-based communications and engagement programs that help recruit the next generation of HATS (Hunters, Anglers, Trappers and Shooters) and promote the fact that HATS are primary funders and stewards of conservation in America. To learn more about OSCF programs; “Fill A Bag While Filling Your Tag”, “Come With!”, “Connecting with Conservation” and the “Outdoor Industry Communication Council”, please visit or contact Jim Curcuruto at (203) 450-7202 or    

About American Sportfishing Association (ASA) 

For more than 90 years, ASA has been leading the way for sportfishing’s future. We look out for the interests of the sportfishing industry and the entire recreational fishing community. For additional information visit on ASA and ICAST visit

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