COLUMBIA, S.C. – Berkley Conservation Institute (BCI), is proud to partner with BoatU.S. for the National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Conservation Awards. Collegiate anglers have the opportunity to win prizes for presenting conservation ideas. The top three entries will be awarded a check for $1,000 to 1st place, $500 to 2nd place and $500 in Berkley tackle to 3rd.
"Collegiate anglers are the future of the fishing industry," said, Andrew Marks, Director of Grass Roots for Berkley. "BCI is looking for entries that are creative and imaginative and these student anglers are so technologically advanced they can use that to their advantage. This award tests their ideas on conservation and angler recruiting efforts along with their angling talent and sportsmanship."
Winners will be determined by a panel of judges who are not known by anyone outside of those 5 individuals. The awards presentation will take place immediately following the final weigh in at The BoatUs Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship May 24-28 at Lewisville, Texas.
Anglers are encourage to use video, PowerPoint or any creative way to present their entry. In addition to the quality of the presentation, the judges will consider how well they perform; as well as how the carry themselves and promote fishing during the championship event.
In addition to the contest awards, all eligible collegiate anglers submitting entries will be interviewed by one of the many camera teams on hand to capture the action during the championship event for airing on the television series. Also, every angler submitting a presentation will be awarded a Berkley 15# tournament scale valued at $34.99.
BCI is a division of the Pure Fishing Company, the world's largest tackle company headquartered in Columbia, S.C. The brand names of Pure Fishing include Abu Garcia, All Star Rods, Berkley, Fenwick, Mitchell, Penn, Pflueger, Shakespeare, Spiderwire and Stren.
The Berkley Conservation Institute was developed to support conservation and angler recruitment efforts. BCI cooperates with fishing groups, conservation organizations, customers and other industry partners to protect our fishable waters. Berkley also collaborates to enhance populations of important sport fish and introduce the next generation to the delight of angling while teaching them to lead the fight for conservation.