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 couldn't be more proud or excited about the way that Recycled Fish has grown in the past 7 years. It's gone from being my personal vision to something that is so much bigger than myself. Over 11,000 people from all 50 States and over 20 countries have taken our "Sportsman's Stewardship Pledge" and joined the cause. We've developed programs which are effectively engaging, educating and equipping anglers on how to live the "lifestyle of stewardship" both on and off the water. But most of all, there are now about 4 dozen volunteers who help move the cause forward. Recycled Fish has grown into something far bigger than me, and it's the result of many people who are passionate about healthy waters. Next steps for us will be growing capacity - we need some full time staff in order to have the kind of impact that is needed. To get there, greater financial flow is necessary, which requires developing those funding streams. This is our current challenge, but one that I know we can meet with the help of God who has no doubt had a hand in everything good we've accomplished so far. Teeg Stouffer Founder Executive Director
I see that in my own review (I wanted to go through the process to see what it is like) it says, "If I ran the organizaiton" as the heading. Since I actually do run the organization, take that for what it's worth.