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2017 Christmas Gifts that Make an Impact

2017 Christmas Gifts that Make an Impact
Image Credit: Fishing Dojo

By: Rick Crawford

As the Holiday’s are fast-approaching, you might be wondering what to give that special someone who is a conservation-minded angler, so why not give a gift that makes an impact?  We have compiled the 2017 Christmas Gifts that Make an Impact list to make it easy for you to support brands that are not only minimizing their environmental impact, but also giving back to nonprofits that are protecting what we all love…our fisheries!

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South Carolina Beach Communities Pushing for Plastic Bag Bans

South Carolina Beach Communities Pushing for Plastic Bag Bans
Photo Credit: Charleston Waterkeeper

By: Rick Crawford

Beach communities around South Carolina are pushing for plastic bag bans.  In 2015, Isle of Palms was the first city in the state of South Carolina “to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags by retailers to consumers.”  The City of Folly Beach quickly followed suit and banned plastic bags, foam containers and balloons.  Now, there are more beach communities along the South Carolina coast are looking to do the same, but why?

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Flood Tide Company: Why We Joined 1% for the Planet

Flood Tide Company:  Why We Joined 1% for the Planet

Flood Tide Company is a fly fishing lifestyle apparel brand based in Charleston, SC and much of their apparel is inspired by the sporting art of Paul Puckett.  In addition to original designs and great quality, Flood Tide Company is also minimizing the environmental impact of their operations, and enhancing the local fishery and waterways in the lowcountry by donating 1% of their sales to Charleston Waterkeeper.  Flood Tide Company joined 1% for the Planet in early 2017 and have chosen Charleston Waterkeeper as their nonprofit partner.

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Tails of the South Pacific: Part 2

Tails of the South Pacific: Part 2
Bonefish on a Rangiroa flat.

By: Rick Crawford

Tails of the South Pacific: Part 1 left off with my wife and I leaving the beautiful island of Moorea and taking the ferry back to Tahiti.  While there were no “tails” in Part 1, Rangiroa is an entirely different story.  They have plenty of exotic species and monster bonefish, so come along and escape to Rangiroa in “Tails of the South Pacific: Part 2”

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Tails of the South Pacific: Part 1

Tails of the South Pacific: Part 1
Cook's Bay

By: Rick Crawford

“The South Pacific…The Isles of Enchantment.”  At least that’s what the poster said that I found while browsing in a store as a college freshmen.  I was looking for posters to cover my walls when I found a vintage travel poster of the South Pacific, and that poster has hung on my wall for sixteen years, which can be seen below:

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Purpose-Driven Brands Do Well by Doing Good at IFTD

Purpose-Driven Brands Do Well by Doing Good at IFTD

Rick Crawford

I attended IFTD in Orlando a couple of weeks ago and there were tons of new products and gear.  If you are an angler with a gear obsession, like me, it is heaven!  Anyways, after wiping the drool off my face, I started reflecting on everything I saw.  I couldn’t help but notice that many of the winners of the “New Product Showcase” awards were purpose-driven brands, and beyond that, there were companies who were proudly displaying the nonprofits they supported in their booths with clear calls to action.  This was particularly interesting to me because Emerger Strategies mission is to build purpose-driven brands that inspire solutions to social and environmental problems (if you are wondering “what’s a purpose-driven brand?” Click HERE).

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Conservation Hawk’s new film: “Convergence”

If you haven’t already, check out the new Conservation Hawks film “Convergence.”  It’s a beautiful film on how getting out on the river and fishing can change and influence people’s lives and also create memories that last a lifetime.  If you are an angler, then you have a responsibility to protect what you love.

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