Trout Unlimited has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its recent decision to withdraw protections for the Bristol Bay region of Alaska.
Called the Bristol Bay Proposed Determination, the protections would have limited the scope and scale of impacts from the proposed Pebble mine to the world-class salmon, trout and water resources of the region.
Trout Unlimited’s lawsuit alleges the EPA ignored science and the potential impacts of developing the mine when it withdrew the Bristol Bay Proposed Determination, and in doing so violated the Administrative Procedures Act and Clean Water Act. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cannot issue a permit to Pebble if the EPA’s decision on the Bristol Bay Proposed Determination is overturned.
"Billions of dollars have been spent in an attempt to restore salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, Bristol Bay sets records for its salmon returns year after year. All we need to do is have the humility and common-sense to leave this landscape alone,” said Chris Wood, CEO of Trout Unlimited.
“Sacrificing a place such as Bristol Bay for some gold is a short-sighted fools-errand. We are not a litigious organisation, but we and millions of other sportsmen and women will not allow greed to compromise the most important salmon fishery on the planet.”
The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska supports the world’s most abundant sockeye salmon run, Alaska’s best Chinook salmon run, and a world-famous trophy rainbow..Continue Reading
The much-anticipated acquisition of Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) by Major League Fishing (MLF) has been announced and hailed as the start of a new era in competitive bass angling.
The development sets in motion the most significant brand merger in competitive bass fishing history, linking a tour and original, award-winning programming featuring the top professional anglers in the world to an extensive grassroots organisation that serves tens of thousands of competitive anglers from high school and college to weekenders and tour pro's.
“We’re thrilled about welcoming FLW to the MLF team,” said Jim Wilburn, President and CEO of Major League Fishing. “FLW shares our commitment to creating tournaments and opportunities centered on the success of the angler. Through this acquisition, we are better positioned to support anglers and sponsors at all levels.”
“Our business plan always included reaching all levels of grassroots fishing,” said Boyd Duckett, MLF co-founder and President of the Professional Bass Tour Anglers’ Association (PBTAA). “FLW does it best with the Tour and grassroots tournaments – its reputation in competitive bass fishing is remarkable and the culture has always been pro-angler, which makes this the perfect opportunity for both organisations.
"We couldn’t be more excited about FLW, its team, anglers, and sponsors.”
“This announcement marks a thrilling new chapter in FLW’s history as we join MLF and begin a new era in the sport of competitive bass fishing,” said FLW..Continue Reading
PRADCO-Fishing, one of the world's leading manufacturers of lures, was honoured with two awards at the Pitman Creek Annual Dealer Show, including the most coveted accolade.
The fast growing business returned home to Fort Smith, Arkansas, with the coveted President's Award and the Best Hard Lure prize for its BOOYAH Covert Series.
Wholesaler, Pitman Creek, is a top ten customer for PRADCO. It has a commitment to carry all PRADCO SKU's for the US bass market and stocks 100% of its YUM and BOOYAH SKU's.
The President's Award is given to the company which achieves the highest levels of excellence in operations and customer service. Each year more than 300 manufacturers are considered for the award.
"PRADCO is an outstanding long-term partner to Pitman and this is the highest honour that we can give it," said Pitman Creek President and owner, James Coffey. "Its sales continues to grow annually, its brands are strong and we share many common goals."
Launched at ICAST earlier this year, the BOOYAH Covert Series is a popular item with bass market dealers, equipped with high-end Hildebrand blades and coming in a full assortment of 3/8, 1/2, 3/4 and 1oz sizes... Continue Reading
Maver, one of the UK’s best-known brands, has a new management team in place following news that Sarah Pheonix is leaving the company at the end of this month.
Toni Nash, who has been at the company for more than 20 years, is now General Manager of the Italian-owned, Redditch-based business. Glyn Reynolds, previously with Frenzee, has become Commercial Manager.
Maver, founded in 1911, recently relocated to a new facility in Redditch only a few minutes from its old Merse Road headquarters.
A statement from the Pirazzini family, owner of Maver UK, said: “Maver UK is in good hands. We have invested in a new building and a desirable product range and we are confident the brand will continue to grow.
“We would like to thank Sarah Phoenix for all her hard work in turning the business around and wish her all the best for the future.”
The company is best-known for its match fishing tackle and is sponsor of the Maver Mega ‘Match The event offers the largest cash prizes in UK angling.
Pheonix spent eight years at Preston Innovations, including four as Managing Director, before joining Maver as Managing Director in May 2016.
“It’s been a joy working with Maver and watching the brand take back its market share,” she said. “I’m confident the new management team have everything it takes to continue growing the brand..Continue Reading
The UK's leading fishing tackle retailer has announced an 18% increase in profit for the first six months of the year.
Reporting an unaudited profit of £8.5m compared to £7.2m in the previous comparable period last year, the group says that it has made 'considerable' progress during the period in all key areas of its strategy – market consolidation, online sales growth and increased store footprint.
"The business is continuing to perform well and significantly outperform the overall UK market and is on track to deliver results in line with market expectations for the full year," it said in its report to investors this morning. "Angling is one of the most popular participation sports in the UK and the market for fishing tackle and equipment continues to grow. With this in mind and our activity in Europe growing rapidly, the Board remains optimistic for the future growth of the business."
The group saw its instore revenue rise 41.1% from £9.9m in 2018 to £14m and recorded a like-for-like sales increase of 14.9% compared to 4.2% last year. It also saw a significant increase in UK online trading, up 16.8% to £9.2m (2018: £7.8m) and in Europe where sales rose 29% to £2.7m (£2.1m).
During the period Angling Direct opened two new stores in Leeds and Milton Keynes and expects to have 34 outlets trading by the end of the financial year.
The UK's largest supplier of fishing tackle has added a big-hitter from the retail industry to its Board of Directors.
The group, which currently has 30 stores across the region, has added Andy Torrance, formerly Chief Operating Officer at Holland & Barrett (2016 -2018) and Dunelm (1999 - 2015) to its Board as a Non-Executive Director.
Angling Direct Chief Executive Officer, Darren Bailey, said: "We are delighted to welcome Andy to the company. His extensive experience in retail, gained while working with reputable blue-chip companies, will be invaluable and complement the skills we already have in the boardroom.
"We are pleased to have attracted talent such as Andy and we look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead."
Torrance said: "I am pleased to be coming on board at an exciting time in Angling Direct's development. Darren and his team have created a modern, high-growth business and I look forward to working with them as they take the company to the next level.".. Continue Reading
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