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Shimano celebrates 50 years in US with $55,000 donation

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Blaine Anderson (left) and Geoff Mikota (right) get ready to help a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources staffer with one of the oyster bed restoration projects.

World tackle giant Shimano is celebrating its half century in the United States with a $55,000 donation to help conservation efforts in areas where its main fishing operations are based.

The company, which has been selling Shimano-branded tackle to dealers nationwide for 40 years, is also making a financial contribution to the American Sportfishing Association’s Keep Florida Fishing efforts, an initiative that was the brainchild of Shimano North America Fishing Inc.’s President, Dave Pfeiffer, when he served on the ASA Board of Directors.

“We are making the contribution on behalf of Team Shimano to help the efforts by the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) in South Carolina and California,” said Steve Ferrara, Vice President of Shimano North America. “We are obviously well aware of the importance of sport fishing in Florida – from the Keys to the Gulf and Atlantic, along with exceptional freshwater bass fishing – to the entire recreational fishing business. The Keep Florida Fishing staff play a major role in protecting the best interests of sport anglers and the industry in the entire region.”

Since relocating the senior management, sales and marketing staff to Ladson, SC, Team Shimano members have volunteered many man-hours assisting the oyster reef restoration projects. “From talking with the folks at CCA South Carolina, we learnt about its financial support needs for future work. along with establishing a network of near shore reefs and three deep water reefs for snapper and grouper habitat,” added Ferrara.

Shimano was a founding sponsor of the association’s California operation and many of its staff in Irvine continue in active roles with the organisation. “With our customer service, administrative functions and constantly busy distribution centre based in our West Coast facility, we remain committed to sport fishing advocacy efforts benefiting the entire California saltwater fishery.

“A key principal at Shimano on conservation and advocacy issues is to always get involved on the ground, offering staff time and talent. And while we continue to do that, we also realise that it takes dollars for many of the projects and initiatives being worked on by these groups.

“We are extremely pleased to offer this support as our way of a thank-you to sport anglers for their support to us over the past 50 years.”

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