COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Berkley Conservation Institute (BCI) awarded the Indiana BASS Federation Nation (IBFN) the annual Berkley Angler Recruitment and Retention Award. The award, worth $1500 in fishing tackle, was presented at the BASS Federation Nation Appreciation Banquet Feb. 21 in Birmingham, Alabama. BASS Federation Nation Sr. Manager, Youth Stacy Twiggs made the announcement.
The inaugural "Hoosier Outdoor Experience" at Fort Harrison State Park in September 2009 drew 13,300 participants. The event included one day dedicated to elementary school students followed by a two-day program of activities for the general public. There was no charge for attending the Explore the Experience program and children and adults both enjoyed learning about fishing, hunting, kayaking, camping, conservation and dozens of other outdoor activities.
"The IBFN provided 10 volunteers for youth fishing on Saturday, September 26th," said Jill Snyder, IBFN Conservation Director. "We had a continual stream of young anglers, many who had never fished before. They learned how to bait a hook, cast and how to take a fish off the hook. We're already making plans to double our efforts for the 2010 event this fall."
"The Indiana BASS Federation Nation and their commitment to recruit more anglers, especially youth anglers, is to be commended," said Jim Martin, BCI Conservation Director. "These club members instill the very values of stewardship in our environment the Berkley Conservation Institute endorses. It is my privilege along with the Berkley Conservation Institute to honor the Indiana BASS Federation Nation with our Berkley Angler Recruitment Award."
BCI is a division of the Pure Fishing Company, the world's largest tackle company headquartered in Columbia, SC. The brand names of Pure Fishing include Abu Garcia, All Star Rods, Berkley, Fenwick, Mitchell, Penn, Pflueger, Shakespeare, Spiderwire and Stren.