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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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 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
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.