Recycled Fish

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment, Sports, Water

Location: 3025 9th Ave #B Council Bluffs IA 51501 USA

Mission: Fisheries are in decline across America. This results from problems in our broader environment. Recycled Fish educates the people most passionate about fisheries - anglers - about being stewards on and off the water.
Geographic areas served: United States

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Recycled Fish continues to do huge things to help our fisheries. Numerous promotions, contests, giveaways, programs, etc. keep the organization moving forward and I'm always looking for new ways to help the cause.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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4 people found this review helpful

Such a great organization and great people to promote such a wonderful message. The logo caught my curiosity, the message got me interested, and the people I've met will keep me as involved as I'm allowed to be. I've only had the pleasure of volunteering with Recycled Fish for one event, but will definitely be looking forward to more opportunities as they present themselves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The knowledge they provide free of charge to anglers to improve the waters and fisheries they enjoy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More visual examples of the differences conservation can make to a fishery.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the good people of this organization. They remain excited and passionate about what they do and it's been a pleasure to get to know some of them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very enthusiastic about the message and when I began volunteering were extremely encouraging and helpful. My 10-year old son was with me to help and was shown how to run the kid's game and he ran it for nearly 4 hours on his own. He had a blast.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I would think a television show for this message, and with some of these personalities, would be incredible.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything I would have done differently at this time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Simply peoples' unwillingness to learn something new or something different than what they're used to.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Recycled Fish, and organizations like it, are not only beneficial to the future of fishing, they are ESSENTIAL.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I attended a college that was known for it's enviromental practices. 30 years later, I found Recycled Fish and returned to my enviromental roots. We were studying Loon mortality in college, and it was found that part of it was due to them ingesting lead weights, due to fishing. At Recycled Fish, they promote the use of alternative non-toxic weights, as well as recycling, energy conservation, sustainable fishing, catch and release, and being a steward to our land and water resources. The list goes on, but I am a proud member of this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am now what they call an "ambassador", and I give my time freely, when they need or ask for my help. I do not get paid for my hours spent. It is a rewarding experience for me.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoy talking to people and telling them about Recycled Fish, especially the children. If we can make an impact with them now, they will be stewards of the land and water in the future.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have met Teeg Stouffer, who is the director, and numerous professional fisherman. I have also met local volunteers who have helped out in some of our events.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I think if they had that kind of money, they would be able to expand there presence in all 50 states, and do more to tell people about how they too can be stewards of our land and water.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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I stumbled across the link to Recycled Fish after signing up on Angler's Legacy. I thoroughly checked the organization out and was instantly impressed by the list of their corporate partners. I believe the list contained around eighty-five different companies that support Recycled Fish’s cause to promote a lifestyle of stewardship while both on and off the water. This list of partner companies was not limited to just the fishing industry, in fact, it includes everything from household to gardening products, pet food to plumbing needs, sporting goods to water filters and the list goes on and on. At first glance one would assume that this “Lifestyle of Stewardship” pertains only to anglers, but in reality this message pertains to every person on the planet. We all need clean water and without it nothing can survive, so we all must take the appropriate steps to conserve our natural resources, whether we fish or not. This statement holds true for the all socio-economic classes and every nation. The principles behind the cause are clearly demonstrated in the “Weekly Stewardship Tips” as these tips promote , enlighten, and encourage the wise use of natural resources and conservation efforts,. These tips also have very real applications for use in everyday living as well as for businesses and industries. They do not require a major life change; just a rethinking about how we use products and the actions we take everyday. Some of the tips Recycled Fish publishes will actually help people save money as people begin to incorporate this Lifestyle of Stewardship into their every living . I joined Recycled Fish in October 2008 and in 2009 I signed up as a volunteer which lead to the opportunity to travel the nation spreading the word and encouraging others to take the Stewardship Pledge to conserve our natural resources, protect the environment through simple yet effective methods, and promote our fisheries. I have the pleasure of traveling from Michigan to Alabama and from Georgia to Texas to sport shows, ice fishing events, and major fishing tournament to spread the cause. Recycled Fish is also involved in many children focused groups in efforts to educate them of the splendor of the outdoors and what they can do as the inheritors of the world to promote a healthier planet as well as the future of sport fishing. I personally recommend, endorse, and encourage everyone to join Recycled Fish because their principles are not just for the sportsman at heart; they are applicable for maintaining ecological balance, wise use of natural resources without destroying the ecological balance of our fisheries.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have no regrets joining this organization as I have seen first hand how educating the public to the Stewardship approach of the environment and sustainable fisheries actually helps the environment and the conservation of our natural resources.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a television show to promote the cause.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Metting all the people as I travel the country.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Every volunteer is passionate about the cause and equaly enthused about the approach, progree,and direction of Recycled Fish.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread the word world wide.

Ways to make it better...

I have no complaints as all people are different with differing mentalities.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

are the economy and the general publics ignorance of the environment issues that threaten the planet on a daily basis and what they can d easily do to promote cleaner air and water through simple lifestyle changes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Join RecycledFish, become a member, volunteer if you can and donate to the cause. Your children and grand children will thank you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Recycled Fish crossed my path while researching organizations where I could volunteer and make a difference. What a great find it was. Teeg (executive director)really impressed me with his unbridled passion for the "causes" while operating with absolute integrity. Recycled Fish has some outstanding programs aimed at giving kids the opportunitiy to enjoy the sport of fishing while educating them on how to be good stewards both on and off the water. Everyone at Recycled Fish truly believes that "our lifestyle runs downstream". My son has caught on as well. Without me prompting him, he will pick up litter and discarded fishing line at our fishing site. Recycled Fish has many great projects in the works and is positioned to reach a huge audience and with proper funding, could have a tremendous impact on our fisheries and our lifestyle.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching people outside the organization get excited about one of our projects and asking how they can help.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create a full time staff. The organization has outstanding volunteers, but many projects can only be accomplished within a consistent and cohesive structure.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people involved with Recycled Fish and knowing that we are making a difference in the quality of our fisheries and in people's lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding people, truly dedicated and from diverse backgrounds.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The possibilities are endless. There is an enormous amount of talent and tireless dedication in the organization. Recycled Fish has several great projects in the works that would have a real impact on promoting stewardship but it will take funding.

Ways to make it better...

Recycled Fish had the funding to accomplish important projects instead of putting them on hold.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Freeing Teeg up to focus on keeping the organization on its mission path instead of having to perform many of the administrative functions himself.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Recycled Fish has accomplished a great deal in seven years with basically a volunteer staff and little funding. Just imagine its potential with the right funding and proper staffing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Recycled Fish is an organization that promotes a lifestyle of stewardship to a very broad audience, regardless of the fact that the typical target audience is anglers. Utilizing simple ideas like, "not dumping our used oil behind the garage", to using low flow shower heads. I think the organizations strengths lie in the fact that the message is something that is really easy to follow, as well, it's some of the most simple things we can do to make a tremendous collective difference. I think, as has been acknowledged, that sometimes things seem bottle-necked; only because the growth of the cause, and the growth of the organization. It's too much for one person to handle without a lot greater delegated support network.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing youth understand that there are simple things we can do to make lasting changes that affect our environment. Having a 4 year old tell me they're going to be a steward of their waters...Wow!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

to see how easy it is to reach people on an everyday subject we don't always think about.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I'm biased; but I think we have a great core of volunteers that can do great things with the tools we are given.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate, share, grow, change, understand, and catch more and bigger fish!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Teeg and his team at Recycled Fish worked with out 120 person organization (the Cornhusker Flyfishers), to help raise awareness of the end-to-end effects of what we do with our watershed. Teeg briefed our group and the Recycled Fish team will be working with us this weekend to clean up around one of our local lakes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being made aware of practices beneficial and harmful to the watershed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I can think of.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Enthusiasm and the broad focus on our water, not just at the lake or stream, but end to end.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very active and very knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

show the world what a grass roots organization can do to help provide clean water to drink now and for our childrens' future.

Ways to make it better...

Teeg hadn't got stuck in the snow on the way to our meeting.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

educating the adults so they can teach their friends and children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you Recycled Fish.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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I stumbled upon Recycled Fish a few years ago amidst my dissertation research on grassroots fisheries conservation. I was immediately inspired by their message and impressed by their work. Unlike other fishing based conservation/stewardship groups, Recycled Fish calls attention to all aspects of our lifestyle. Recycled Fish sends weekly "stewardship tips," that educate anglers about everything from composting, to shopping locally, to changing light-bulbs. In other words, the message is that everything we do, impacts our fisheries. This struck me as unique. Moreover, I was impressed by Recycled Fish because they preached stewardship to one specific group, like other fishing-based conservation organizations do. They preach a universal message of stewardship to all anglers, because the more anglers we have fighting for our waters the better off we will be in the long run. The message is broad and the audience is all encompassing. Recycled Fish is young in the grand scheme of things, but their vision is mature and forward thinking. We need more visionaries like Recycled Fish

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

putting future visions into action.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage more anglers to take the stewardship pledge.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the diversity of people involved in the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gracious, outgoing, and inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach a lot of people and teach them not just to participate in a stream or river clean up, but to be a living, walking clean-up in every moment of their lives.

Ways to make it better...

and only if, more anglers joined and contributed to the cause.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund-raising in a difficult economic climate.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Recycled Fish is a young organization, with a bright and sustained future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Recycled Fish promotes awareness of the environment, and provides guidance about being a good steward of our natural resources. The organization teaches and informs without being strident, without promoting a political point of view, and by example. This organization is worthy of notice, and of funding.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality and caring nature of those affiliated with Recycled Fish.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Truly impact our impact on fisheries, on the environment, and on our quality of life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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This is a great organization. For the vast majority of members it's absolutely free. For those that wish additional information the Stewardship Tips delivered by e-mail are very informative, and cause one to think about their daily lifestyle. An of course there are many, many opportunities to be a volunteer which could include some fishing time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fishing clean lakes and education to the public.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the networking.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

just ordinary people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do some awesome things from public education to waterways clean-up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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I host a radio outdoor program and without the great information provided by Recycled Fish, I wouldn't be able to inform my listeners in an intelligent manner. Teeg and his group have been at the forefront of water quality promotion, proper stewardship on water and one that is close to my heart, the support of youth fishing. The group understands that, while sure it's about us, being the current generation keeping an eye on things, but we are actually doing it for the benefit of those follow us. They have inspired me in make positive choices as well from simple things like cutting back on printing of emails, recycling and the products have put on my yard that may effect water quality. I am proud of the job they do and promote Recycled Fish whenever I can. Sincerely Crash Davis Host of Your ULTIMATE Outdoors WWW.KFAB.COM

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be the biggest name in water quality

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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