Orvis, the family-owned international outdoor retailer, has appointed a third member of the Perkins family to lead the company.
Simon Perkins assumes full strategic and operational leadership of Orvis as President. Outgoing President and CEO, Bill McLaughlin, who has worked closely with Perkins on the executive team, will act as an advisor through the transition period.
“We have worked hard over a decade to position Orvis to thrive in the omni-channel retail environment of the future,” said Orvis Chair Marka Hansen. “Simon is the ideal leader to drive our brand forward, continuing to inspire our customers and partners. Since joining the company in 2012, he has served as a unifying leader across categories and acted as a leading voice in the evolution of product innovation, brand storytelling and purpose-led business initiatives.
“I have enjoyed working closely with Simon and am thrilled to see where he takes the company.”
Perkins is the son of Leigh ‘Perk’ Perkins, former Orvis CEO, and grandson of Leigh H. Perkins, who purchased the Orvis Company in 1965.
“This company has meant so much to me throughout my life as I have watched it grow into the brand it is today. Over the past 160 years, it has gone from a catalogue mail order company to a globally-recognised fly fishing, wing shooting and lifestyle apparel brand that is deeply invested in education and conservation.
One of Hungary’s top suppliers of fishing tackle has embarked on a collaboration that will enhance its environmental credentials.
Energofish has partnered with Czech Republic-based Egerfish on a project to introduce its own lead-free fishing weights for 2021 and to work with the company on developing other environmentally-friendly products as part of its Go Green initiative.
Sándor Sujkó, Product Developer at Energofish, told Angling International: “The two companies had a chance to get together in Amsterdam in 2018 when we started looking at a range of lead-free weights.
“Egerfish is a leader in providing alternatives to lead, and that is a direction in which we believe Energofish should be moving. It will be a major challenge for us to establish environmentally-friendly products in our domestic market. Many anglers are not aware of the dangers of lead to the environment. It is not just a price issue.
“It will be a long process but we believe we have a responsibility to start to change the mindset of anglers.
“It is not only lead-free weights that we are working on. For a long time we have been looking at changing the ingredients in a lot of our baits and groundbaits to ensure they are more environmentally friendly.
“We are also close to eliminating single-use plastic in our warehouse and retail stores, providing multi-use fabric bags for our clients. These are small..Continue Reading
Award-winning US apparel supplier AFTCO has given away 70,000 masks as part of its Buy 1 Give 1 Mask Programme.
The company says it has been ‘blown away’ by the success of the initiative which has seen it donate 20,000 fishing face masks and 50,000 disposable ones.
It says: “We have learnt a lot through this journey, including how thankful we are for the fishing and outdoor community. As we coordinated the distribution of some of the masks with our retail partners, we quickly found that many were thankful for the fishing masks, but a disposable style better suited their needs. In these instances, we donated at least three for every one fishing mask sold.”
The masks have been given to police and fire departments across the country, the Department of Natural Resources, retirement homes, homeless shelters and dozens of local community organisations.
AFTCO adds: “The opportunity to provide these masks has inspired our employees and provided a sense of purpose to help wherever we can during this challenging time. The overwhelming positive feedback we received has bolstered our camaraderie with so many fellow Americans.
“In addition to retail stores and local businesses, we have shipped masks to agencies on the frontline in the service of our communities.”
AFTCO – the American Fishing Tackle Company – is one of the oldest businesses of its kind in the US..Continue Reading
Competition fishing in England can be resumed immediately across all disciplines after Government approval was given this week.
Competition anglers are among the sport’s highest spenders and the return of matches will be a welcome boost for the industry.
Separate guidelines have been produced for game, coarse and sea angling, but charter boat fishing is still not compliant under current regulations.
All competitions will need to be run according to new best practice guidelines drawn up by the Angling Trust to bring competition fishing in line with COVID-19 procedures.
These include no gathering of competitors for draws or prize-givings, along with special equipment and arrangements to maintain social distancing during weigh-ins.
The Trust, which organises 360 competitions a year, has been consulting with leading anglers, organisers and fisheries to deliver the guidelines.
England internationals Steve Ringer and Dean Barlow and Riverfest organiser Dave Harrell were among those who have helped develop the new guidelines for coarse matches.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had made it clear on May 13th that it was unlikely competitions could be resumed across any sporting discipline.
But the Trust’s case for competitions that comply with Government guidelines and the specific prohibition of public gatherings caused a rethink. Failure to follow the guidelines will risk invalidating the insurance of clubs or fisheries and expose anglers..Continue Reading
A Japanese style of micro-fishing has become increasingly popular during the lockdown in Indonesia.
Inspired by senior anglers, Budi Wi and Hary Buana, Ispull Micra Fishing Tanago (IMFT), has taken off because it can be carried out close to home in smaller rivers and is being used as a replacement for anglers who are currently banned from fishing the country’s seas and beaches.
Wi and Buana have created a Facebook page dedicated to the light fishing style, giving anglers an opportunity to post their catches on the site and share information.
Most of the tackle shops in the region have been closed to customers because of the social distancing restrictions, but many are still trading online.
The country’s major fishing tackle manufacturer, PT Sarana Central Pancing, the owner of the Relix brand, has been manufacturing from its three locations in Indonesia... Continue Reading
Tackle shops in England look set to re-open on June 15th – the day before the opening of the new fishing season – following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Coronavirus briefing yesterday.
“From June 15th, we intend to allow all other non-essential retail – ranging from department stores to small independent shops – to re-open,” said Johnson.
The Angling Trust’s National Campaigns and Policy Coordinator, Martin Salter, said the Trust assumed this included tackle shops but was intending to check.
The good news for tackle shops followed the PM’s announcement from 10 Downing Street that outdoor markets and car showrooms across England can re-open from June 1st.
Johnson added the moves were ‘careful and deliberate steps’ on the road to rebuilding the country, but would be contingent on the Government’s five tests for gaining control over the disease and only permitted for COVID-secure premises.
He said that the changes would be formally confirmed in a review of the lockdown, which will take place on Thursday.
The Government is publishing new guidance for stores to ensure they meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards... Continue Reading
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