Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Stewardship On Ice" Booklet is the new playbook for ice fishing ethics

The Recycled Fish "On Ice" tour has made a big difference for lakes across the ice belt over the past three years. The tour has accounted for thousands of gallons of trash removed from frozen waters. It has also meant thousands of fish returned - alive and swimming - back into them.

The Recycled Fish "On Ice" Tour is back for a fourth year, it officially kicks off at the St. Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Expo the weekend of December 3 - 5.

The centerpiece of the Recycled Fish "On Ice" tour for 2011 is the debut of a new booklet called
"Stewardship On Ice." This 16-page, full-color guide gives anglers an overview on how the Stewardship Ethic applies to ice fishing.

"Everybody wants to do the right thing if they know what the right thing to do is," says Teeg Stouffer, Recycled Fish Executive Director. "Stewardship On Ice is a fun, easy read that lays out how an angler can be more than a sportsman, but a steward of our waters while pursuing the sport of ice fishing."

You'll be able to get a copy at Recycled Fish "On Ice" tour stops all winter long, or through the Recycled Fish website. The booklet sells for just $3, and funds support Recycled Fish.

This year the "On Ice Tour" will take the Recycled Fish message to over 50 events across the ice belt. Much of this is accomplished through partnership with tournament series like the North American Ice Fishing Circuit, Northeast Ice Tour, Ice Roads, True Ice Series, and in partnership with organizations like Iceaholics Anonymous and Nathan Krusko's Northeast Ice Fisherman.

Also new to the tour this year is the AMI Hardwater Open, a national online ice fishing derby. "It's the perfect complement to our two existing Hardwater Open events," said Ben Leal, Tournament Director. "The AMI Hardwater Open lets anglers fish where they want, when they want, for what they want, and win!"

Important parts of the Recycled Fish "On Ice" Tour continue to be supporting lake cleanup and catch and release efforts at large scale derbies and tournaments, inviting anglers to take the Sportsman's Stewardship Pledge, and getting young people excited about the outdoors. The tour is funded in part by a raffle - anglers can buy chances to win a complete ice fishing setup including a Clam portable ice shelter, Strikemaster auger and Vexliar sonar unit.

In its fourth year, the Recycled Fish "On Ice" tour is made possible with the support of Grabber Warmers, Ice Team, Strikemaster, Clam Corporation, Kahtoola, Dick's Sporting Goods, Ventafish and the contributions of other key partners, members and concerned anglers.

For more information and a full schedule of Recycled Fish "On Ice" events, visit www.RecycledFish.org.

Recycled Fish is the 501c3 non-profit organization of anglers living a lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water, because our lifestyle runs downstream.

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