Leading tackle manufacturer Daiwa Corporation presented FishAmerica Foundation with a $10,000 donation at the recent 2008 Sportfishing Summit in Denver, Colorado. Fish America Foundation will use Daiwa's contribution to enhance family fishing waters and ensure that future generations of anglers will have access to fishing areas.
Daiwa Vice President of Sales Terry Pederson presented the check to FishAmerica Foundation Executive Director Johanna Laderman and American Sportfishing Association (ASA) President and CEO Mike Nussman during the ASA's annual business meeting, held during the Summit.
"As part of Daiwa's celebration of 50 years in the fishing tackle industry, we wish to make this donation in support of FishAmerica's invaluable work in habitat and sport fish restoration," said Pederson. "As we and others who have been in this industry for so long realize, our hobby and livelihood could not exist without strong stewardship of our sport fishery," he added.
In accepting the contribution on behalf of FishAmerica Foundation, Laderman was quick to point out how vital such donations are to the organization accomplishing its goals. "FishAmerica is proud to be the recipient of Daiwa's generous gift," said Laderman. "It is gifts from companies such as Daiwa that have contributed to our many successes over the past 25 years and our ability to restore and improve fisheries across the United States."
Like Daiwa, FishAmerica is also marking an important anniversary this year - its 25th year of operation. Since 1983, the foundation has invested more than $10 million in 1,000 projects throughout the United States and Canada.