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Fly fishing industry unites on climate change.

Posted on September 24th, 2020

The Fly Fishing Climate Alliance has been formed in the US by businesses within the industry to tackle the effects of climate change.

A first-of-its-kind initiative for the fly fishing industry has brought brands, shops, lodges and guides together to take action over the climate crisis.

The Fly Fishing Climate Alliance says that climate change is the single biggest threat to fish on the planet and has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2030.

As of today, 16 businesses have joined, including Patagonia Fly Fish, Seigler Reels, Monic Fly Lines, Rep Your Water, Rock Treads, Crazy Creek Products, Tailwater Lodge, School of Trout, Emerald Water Anglers, Lary’s Fly & Supply, Low Tide Charters, True North Trout, Soul Fly Outfitters, Emerger Strategies and Craig Matthews.

“It is our responsibility to do our part to solve this crisis so that we can save the planet, the fish and our businesses,” says the Alliance.

Corinne and Garrison Doctor, co-founders of the apparel brand, Rep Your Water, said: “Our business is dependent upon a healthy environment, and because climate change poses a significant threat to that environment and the fish we love, the least we can do is take responsibility for our actions by working to achieve carbon neutrality. We think our industry has everything to gain and nothing to lose by acting on climate.”

The initiative is the idea of sustainability consulting company Emerger Strategies, which began working on it in 2019 to raise awareness and responsibility for sustainable business practices among the fly fishing community.

 

Writing on the American Fly Fishing Trade Association website, Emerger Strategies’ Rick Crawford said: “By working towards a common goal of achieving carbon neutrality, we can make a significant impact in solving the climate crisis while leading by example.

“It is through the actions of the members of this alliance that the fly fishing industry can do its part in saving both the planet and the fish their businesses depend upon.”

Angling International – by Anthony

 

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Fishing tackle retailers win top US customer service award.

Posted on September 23rd, 2020

Bass Pro Shops and Cabala’s have won the America’s Best in State Customer Service 2020 Award.

North America’s best known fishing tackle retailers, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, are serial winners when it comes to awards for customer service. So it should come as no surprise that the group has added another one to the list, this time by winning the America’s Best in State Customer Service 2020 Award from Newsweek magazine.

The publication recognized the outdoor retailer as a top customer service provider in 16 out of the 20 states surveyed. More than 20,000 customers who had either made purchases, used services or gathered information about products or services in the last three years were contacted. They were asked whether they would recommend the brands to family and friends

“This award reflects the passion and ongoing commitment of everyone in our company to deliver an unbeatable customer experience by offering friendly expert service, high quality products and exceptional value every day,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “We are truly humbled and very grateful to our customers for the opportunity to help them create lifelong memories in the outdoors, particularly in 2020 when it’s more important than ever to get outside safely and responsibly.”

The string of similar accolades earned by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s in recent years includes:

  • Bass Pro Shops was ranked number three in the 2019 Retail Reputation Report by Reputation.com, measuring the most reputable brands in the world for overall customer experience.
  • In 2018, The National Retail Federation named Bass Pro Shops as the number two ‘Hottest Retailer in America’.
  • In 2017, Forbes named Bass Pro Shops as one of ‘America’s Most Reputable Companies’.
  • In 2015, Forbes named the company as one of ‘America’s Best Employers’.
  • In 2015, the National Retail Foundation named Johnny Morris as one of ‘25 People Shaping the Future of Retail’.
  • In 2008, the National Retail Foundation named Johnny Morris as ‘Retail Innovator of the Year’.

Angling International – by Anthony

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Walmart strong sales of fishing rods.

Posted on September 21st, 2020

Walmart, the world largest retailer, has reported an increase in sales of ‘unlikely items’ like fishing rods in the second quarter of its financial year.

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer and a prized outlet among fishing tackle brands, made special mention of fishing tackle sales as it revealed an impressive profit jump for the latest financial quart.

The chain posted net income of $6.5 billion, up almost 80% from the same period last year. A 97% surge in the company’s US e-commerce sales helped hike total revenues by 5.6% to $137.7 billion.

Shifting consumer behaviors and social distancing protocols have led to a supply crunch for ‘unlikely items’ such as fishing rods, says the company.

“I looked at the fishing store this week and we’re still really light, just basic terminal tackle, hooks, bobbers and stuff like that,” said Doug McMillon, Chief Executive of the retail powerhouse when he delivered Q2 earnings.

Walmart estimates there are 35 million Americans who fish, up from 25 million before the pandemic. Those are conservative figures compared to those quoted by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), but may vary according to measures such as frequency.

The company reported that consumers are making fewer trips to stores, but are spending more. However, it did not provide a full-year profit target because the outlook remained clouded by the unpredictable course of COVID-19 and whether Congress would enact another round of fiscal stimulus.

Angling International – by Anthony

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Shimano 9th richest company in Japan.

Posted on September 16th, 2020

Shimano is said to have the ninth largest amount of cash reserves in Japan.

Think of the top ten richest companies in Japan and you could be forgiven for coming up with huge corporations like Honda, Sony and Mitsubishi.

But, surprisingly, except for the top company – Nintendo – the majority on the list are not the globally-famous names you would come to expect. And it includes a further surprise in that Shimano is number nine in the rankings.

The bicycle components and fishing tackle manufacturer is said to have 266.9 billion yen in its ‘wallet’. The survey was carried out by Risk Monster, a Japan-based management consultancy, and was not based on gross profits or annual income, but rather net cash recorded in each of the business’s accounts at the time of the survey.

Nintendo, the video gaming company, topped the list with 890.4 billion yen (US$8.5 billion), ahead of Shin-Etsu, the largest chemical company in Japan.

Angling International – by Anthony

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Toronto Boat Show 2021 Covid-19 Strategy.

Posted on September 10th, 2020

Highlights of Revised Toronto Boat show 2021 Plan based on Covid-19 restrictions..

  • The Toronto Boat Show will provide rapid testing, outside the point of entry and prior to entering the show, to all attendees, exhibitors and suppliers.
  • Approved test technicians/nurses to administer the daily tests (pending approval by Health Canada and Ministry of Health in Ontario for saliva swipe or finger prick test kits), based on developments for rapid testing with results in 15 minutes. Similar to pregnancy tests, which are in production by several companies and approved in other countries.
  • Rapid testing would be included in attendee admission fees, and required to attend the show
  • Re-assurance that all at the show will be safe, creating a Daily Bubble.
  • Negative test results can enter the Show.
  • If anyone tests positive, there will be a re-direct protocol to public health in a designated room outside of the show floor, and they will not be permitted to enter.
  • The Toronto Boat Show is in a position to demonstrate a solution to resuming in person business events, and to help protect the public. We are willing to go above and beyond to be partners with the government and lead the way in reviving the economy.
  • The virus is not going away. We have a plan that can deliver a model that will provide long-term economic and mental health benefits by helping resume public gatherings of people and businesses.
  • As we are proposing to be the 1st event to test every person upon entry, we want to ensure all safety protocols exceed the expectations of attendees, exhibitors and the provincial/municipal governments
  • Therefore some of the COVID safety protocols will remain in the plan, in order to increase pubic comfort for attending an event that prioritizes their safety
  • There will be wider aisles in certain areas of the show, in order to maintain physical distancing practices consistent with retail locations (shopping malls, big box stores, grocery stores).
  • While we don’t feel wider aisles would be necessary if we are providing a COVID free event, we want to do the right thing and maintain consistent practices that are important to the public and government in the Re-opening plans across Ontario.
  • Enhanced cleaning in general show areas to elevate comfort of attendees and workers.
  • Show and Exhibitor décor/carpet are expected to be maintained within the plan.
  • Face Masks/Coverings will be Optional.
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Walmart reports sales of ‘unlikely items’ like fishing rods.

Posted on August 26th, 2020

Walmart, the world largest retailer, has reported an increase in sales of ‘unlikely items’ like fishing rods in the second quarter of its financial year.

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer and a prized outlet among fishing tackle brands, made special mention of fishing tackle sales as it revealed an impressive profit jump for the latest financial quarter.

The chain posted net income of $6.5 billion, up almost 80% from the same period last year. A 97% surge in the company’s US e-commerce sales helped hike total revenues by 5.6% to $137.7 billion.

Shifting consumer behaviours and social distancing protocols have led to a supply crunch for ‘sometime unlikely items’ such as fishing rods, says the company.

“I looked at the fishing store this week and we’re still really light, just basic terminal tackle, hooks, bobbers and stuff like that,” said Doug McMillon, Chief Executive of the retail powerhouse when he delivered Q2 earnings.

Walmart estimates there are 35 million Americans who fish, up from 25 million before the pandemic. Those are conservative figures compared to those quoted by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), but may vary according to measures like frequency.

The company reported that consumers are making fewer trips to stores, but are spending more. However, it did not provide a full-year profit target because the outlook remained clouded by the unpredictable course of COVID-19 and whether Congress would enact another round of fiscal stimulus.

Angling International  – By Anthony

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IGFA postpones 2020 Hall of Fame Induction due to Covid-19.

Posted on August 18th, 2020

The International Game Fish Association has been forced to postpone its Hall of Fame Induction ceremony this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The world’s most widely recognised authority on game fish and angling-related matters has postponed one of the most important events on its calendar due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has postponed its Fishing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, which was due to take place at the Wonders of Wildlife National Aquarium and Museum on Saturday, September 12th this year. It has been rescheduled for 2021.

“It is very unfortunate that we are unable to celebrate the Class of 2020 as planned this year,” said IGFA President Jason Schratwieser. “However, the health and safety of the inductees, their guests and staff members of the IGFA and the Wonders of Wildlife is the utmost priority. We look forward to giving the inductees the calibre of celebration and recognition they deserve next year.”

The 2020 Class of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame includes pelagic game fish researcher Dr Barbara Block, famed billfish angler and conservationist Jose Campos, marine conservationist Ken Hinman, legendary Australian angler Patrick Gay and fly fisher extraordinaire Dave Whitlock.

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Canadian Tire reports ‘extraordinary’ Q2 sales growth.

Posted on August 22nd, 2020

Canadian Tire Corporation announced a 9.3% increase in second quarter sales despite many of its stores being closed or working under restrictions.

Canada’s leading supplier of fishing tackle has reported sales growth of 9.3% in the second quarter of its financial year, despite 80% of its stores operating under closures and restrictions for much of the period.

Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) also reported that its digital and e-commerce business across all banners reached CN$600m in the quarter – far exceeding its full-year digital sales in 2019.

“This quarter we drove extraordinary retail sales growth, particularly at our core CTC brand, further reinforcing the relevancy of our unique multi-category assortment to our customers,” said Greg Hicks, the group’s President and CEO.

“With a significant percentage of our store network closed for much of the quarter, customers turned to our online platforms and we saw e-commerce sales surge across all brands – CTC, SportChek, Helly Hansen and Sports Expert – by 400%. Our strong results in CTR – Click Through Rate – clearly demonstrates the advantage of our dealer model and durability to quickly adapt to the local market and customer needs.

“We continue to fulfil our deep-rooted purpose of being there for life in Canada, no matter what life may look like. I am incredibly proud of the contribution of our dedicated frontline store, distribution centre and contact centre employees as well as our associate dealers, who place the customer at the heart of everything we do,” added Hicks.

Excluding petroleum, consolidated retail sales were up CN$346 – 9.3% compared to the same period last year.

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Bass Pro and Cabela’s reward staff during pandemic.

Posted on August 12th, 2020

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is rewarding its employees with bonuses for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff at two of North America’s most iconic fishing and hunting chains have been rewarded with bonus payments for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The owner of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s says that it is making payments ranging from $250 to $1,000 to hourly-paid workers in its retail, distribution centres and manufacturing plants to ‘reward its outfitters and team members for their efforts’.

The company has also announced that it is raising nationwide starting wages in its distribution centres.

“It is difficult to put into words how deeply proud we are of all our dedicated team members who have worked tirelessly on the front lines throughout this pandemic, showing up every day to take care of our customers,” said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops and White River Marine Group.

“They have done an absolutely remarkable job to help our customers get back to nature safely and responsibly by serving them in our stores, fulfilling orders in our distribution centers and building the very best boats and kayaks.

“We are very proud to reward our front-line team members with these well-deserved bonuses for all their efforts in these challenging times,” Morris added.

The company is currently hiring more than 5,000 employees.

 

Angling International – Anthony

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New OMNR&F Baitfish Regulations.

Posted on August 4th, 2020

Ontario Takes Steps to Better Protect Lakes, Rivers and Fisheries

Province releases final bait management strategy after extensive consultation

TORONTO – The Ontario government released its final bait management strategy to protect the province’s lakes and rivers from the threat of invasive species and fish diseases. As part of this new strategy, the government will be establishing four bait management zones to limit the movement of live bait across the province.

“It is critically important to protect and preserve our lakes and rivers for people to enjoy for generations to come,” said Mike Harris, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “This new strategy will go a long way towards reducing the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species and fish diseases that pose a serious threat to our fisheries and biodiversity. This initiative will also help us increase business certainty for the commercial industry that relies on bait.”

Live bait that is harvested in one area of the province is often shipped, sold, and later used in another region. If unused bait is not disposed of properly, invasive and other illegal bait species that may be mistakenly mixed in with the bait, or fish infected with disease, have the potential to establish new populations or infect other fish in the new waterbody.

To prevent the spread of invasive species and fish diseases through the movement of live bait, four bait management zones will be established across the province. This will limit the movement of most bait to the same bait management zone where it was harvested. Individual anglers who wish to use live bait outside of their own bait management zone will be required to purchase bait from a licensed commercial bait operator in the zone where they will be fishing.

“Our government is committed to protecting the province’s lakes and rivers while ensuring the baitfish industry can continue to thrive,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “We will continue to work with industry and key stakeholders to implement the bait management policy to ensure a smooth transition.”

The final Sustainable Bait Management Strategy, posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario, is a result of extensive engagement with bait operators, stakeholder groups, the public, and Indigenous communities. They provided input on key elements related to the use and movement of bait, the type of bait allowed, and administrative improvements.

Quick Facts

Ontario’s bait industry is estimated to be worth $23 million per year.

In 2020-2021, Ontario is investing over $2 million to support ongoing research, monitoring, and management of invasive species across the province.

Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada that has standalone invasive species legislation. The Invasive Species Act provides legislative tools to prohibit and restrict certain invasive species and carriers that facilitate the movement of invasive species.

Protecting our environment from invasive species by working with partners and other governments and using tools to prevent, detect and respond to invasions is a commitment under the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.

Anglers spend more than $1.6 billion annually in Ontario and support jobs in many rural and northern communities that depend on recreational fishing.

The use of bait is one route for the potential spread of fish-based diseases (e.g., viral hemorrhagic septicemia [VHS]) and invasive species (e.g., round goby) across Ontario.

July 21, 2020 Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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