Founded in 2004, Recycled Fish has been spreading the word on Catch and Release as well as Selective Harvest. Saltwater recreational anglers release more than 210 million fish each year, which is nearly three times more than they keep. A recent survey showed that 80% of anglers are releasing their catch 80% (or more) of the time.
Since then we’ve been taking the message of stewardship all across North America. Anglers from all 50 states and 20 countries internationally have taken the Sportsman’s Stewardship Pledge acknowledging their efforts and support of not only Recycled Fish, but the environment and resources they share.
We’re doing stuff like putting in low flow shower heads and changing how we care for our lawns, because that stuff matters to fisheries as much or more than catch and release. What we do off the water affects what we do on the water.
It could be said, "Catch and Release alone won’t solve the problems facing our fisheries. If we want more and bigger fish in our waters, now and for our kids, a lifestyle of stewardship is what it’s going to take. We’re making sure that we’re doing everything possible to help our fisheries thrive and survive because it’s the right thing to do.
We engage anglers to steward the environment as a whole, including fisheries. If the "upstream" environment isn’t healthy, our fisheries can’t be healthy. Fisheries are a "canary in the coal mine" for problems in the broader environment, and right now our fisheries - our lakes, streams and seas and the life in them - are telling us that we’re in trouble.
Recycled Fish is dedicated to the education of sportsman on the importance of stewardship, selective harvest, catch and release, and conservation of the natural resources available to us. Working together with anglers across North America and beyond, we can make a difference in the future of our sport preserving the resources we enjoy today for generations to come.