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April 6, 2010

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April 6, 2010

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

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

putting future visions into action.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage more anglers to take the stewardship pledge.

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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

April 5, 2010

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April 5, 2010

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

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

working together as a team, which is something that is a new focus and growing. However, I've been impressed and humbled to have experienced so many people coming alongside to pick up the vision and the mission and advance the cause.

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

Engage, educate and equip all 40 million anglers in America on how to live a lifestyle of stewardship within the next 10 years - or come pretty close.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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