The battle to save what has been described as the world’s foremost salmon fishery – upon which thousands of fishing tackle industry jobs depend – from a massive mining development, has taken a dramatic and unexpected twist.
The US Army Corps of Engineers, the body that is responsible for advising upon the fate of Bristol Bay, Alaska, has told the Pebble Limited Partnership, the developer of the mine, it must outline its plans on how it will address the proposed damage to the neighbouring wetlands and waterways.
In the next 90 days the company must show how it will compensate for harming more than 2,800 acres of wetlands, 130 miles of streams and more than 130 acres of open water within Alaska’s Koktuli River Watershed.
The surprise development has been welcomed by the fishing tackle industry in the US, including the country’s trade representative body, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). Mike Leonard, its Vice President of Government Affairs, said: “We are very happy to see the Army Corps take this action.
“As the voice of the sportfishing industry, the ASA has been opposed to the Pebble Mine since it was first proposed over a decade ago. The devastation it would have on the eco-system and the region’s economy, which is heavily dependent on Bristol Bay’s fisheries, is simply too great.”
Chad Tokowicz, the ASA’s Inland Fisheries Manager, described the Army Corps decision as..Continue Reading
Sweden is experiencing a ‘veritable boom’ in recreational fishing following the onset of COVID-19.
That is according to the Swedish Maritime Administration, which monitors participation in the sport. It says: “Consistent data from fishing licence sales nationally this year show a very sharp increase. There is a veritable boom in the country due to the demands on social distancing and other restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
“With the majority of people at home, many have sought out the benefits of going outdoors to seek out nature and try fishing.”
Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the latest figures from Sweden revealed a healthy increase in participation in the sport last year.
The Swedish Marine Administration’s survey – carried out between May last year and January 2020 – showed that the number of anglers is now back to 2014 levels. Its report on recreational fishing in 2019 revealed:
• Approximately 1.6m people between the ages of 16 and 80 took part in the sport in Swedish waters. Children taking part could boost that number to 2m;
• The number of fishing days amounted to 12.7m in 2019;
• Retained catches amounted to 4,700 tons from lakes and watercourses and 2,900 tons from the sea;
• The dominant species were perch, pike, trout and crayfish (inland) and perch, mackerel and cod (sea);
A new manufacturer of lures and accessories has been set up in Kissimmee, Florida. CPF Lures is named after Chuck Pippin Jr., a co-founder of the company with Jason George.
CPF Lures will focus on soft plastic baits including worms, creatures, claws and other products for tournament pros and fishing guides.
Pippin began his career as a bass fishing guide in 1997 on West Lake Toho and the Kissimmee chain of lakes. After graduating he spent five years as a guide at Roland Martin's Marina on Lake Okeechobee.
During this time, he began his career as a professional tournament angler fishing both the FLW Tour and the B.A.S.S. southern opens. In 2002, he moved back to the Orlando area to continue his guiding career on the surrounding lakes.
“We started CPF Lures with a vision of perfecting lures and tackle specifically for the tournament angler or professional guide,” says Pippin. “Our Pro Series baits are scientifically engineered for durability and usability and are offered in higher quantitities.
“The soft plastics are durable enough to allow for more hook sets and to catch more fish, yet are soft enough to puncture easily with a hook. The spongy feeling of the baits helps fish hang on longer due to the true-to-life feeling.”.. Continue Reading
Shimano North American Fishing, Inc. has announced the winner of its 2020 Stella Award.
Tanner Worley, of Sportco Marketing, has taken the coveted prize for his account sales growth over the last 12 months across the group’s brands which include Shimano, G. Loomis, PowerPro and Jackall. Long-time Don Coffey Company employee, Doug Rusch, was named as Rep of the Year.
Shimano’s Assistant Vice President/Sales, Chris Brondell, said: “The Stella Award is based on exceptional dealer service, commitment to the customer relationship management process and the willingness to take ownership of Shimano’s initiatives.
“Tanner’s efforts with dealers in Arkansas, Oklahoma and North Texas since ICAST last year – and then through the COVID-19 crisis – showed not only his commitment, but in many instances, went way above in working with his accounts to shift and pivot so they could have tackle on their shelves,” he added.
Rusch, who handles dealers and distributor accounts in the greater New York area, including New Jersey, has always represented the Shimano brands in both the most professional and personal way, said Brondell.
“While his account sales increases diminished when COVID-19 hit the East Coast hard in March and April, he pressed forward with his dealers when they were able to open to see an exceptional amount of avid and new anglers visiting their shops while buying, rods, reels, braid and lures.
“Unfortunately, we were not..Continue Reading
Dick’s Sporting Goods, a major supplier of fishing tackle in the US, has hired Peter Land as Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer.
Land, who succeeds Jennifer Moreau, reports to President, Lauren Hobart, and is overseeing government affairs, IR, internal, corporate and executive communications and sustainability.
Formerly a partner at Finsbury, Dick’s corporate PR representative, he worked closely with Dick’s while at the agency. Dick’s is continuing to work with Finsbury in that capacity.
Land left Finsbury as the agency prepared to merge with other groups to form another entity next year.
Before joining Finsbury, Land was AOL’s Communications Leader, as well as Corporate Communications SVP at PepsiCo. Earlier in his career, Land worked at Kraft Foods, Edelman, the Breeders’ Cup and the NBA.
After closing stores in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dick’s revenue dropped 31% year-over-year to $1.3 billion and the chain posted a loss of $143.4 million in Q1. Dick’s reopened 80% of its stores at the end of May... Continue Reading
Decathlon, owner of the Caperlan tackle brand, has implemented a new digital manufacturing solution to optimise its supply chain – and one of its first successes has come in the fishing market.
Challenged with creating new fishing weights, the global retailer has used a new 3D Systems technology known as Figure 4 to gain a major competitive edge in speed, precision and versatility.
The idea came from Decathlon team member and carp fishing expert, Gautier Destrebecq, who recognised that the company’s competition offered only a limited choice of freshwater fishing weights.
However, Destrebecq realised that the company’s mould supplier did not have the ability to create his master patterns. And producing new ones would have meant finding a new supplier, taking Decathlon outside of its typical start to finish timeline of one month for projects like this one.
So Destrebecq turned to Decathlon’s internal laboratory and 3D Systems Figure 4. Using a transparent and rigid plastic engineered to withstand ultra-high temperatures, the system printed the fishing weight sinkers in two days and shipped them to the supplier.
In addition to accelerating the time to market, producing the mould patterns in-house reduced costs and achieved a greater level of innovation. According the Destrebecq, he was able to achieve goals that are impossible using a traditional approach.
Gregoire Mercusot, a materials engineer at Decathlon’s laboratory in Lille, France, says the Figure..Continue Reading
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