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World’s first carbon neutral fly fishing businesses honoured


The Fly Fishing Climate Alliance (FFCA), whose members have pledged to going carbon neutral by 2030, has announced its first-ever award winners.

The organisation has recognised members who have achieved carbon neutrality in their businesses. The winners are:

• Kyle Schaefer, Soul Fly Outfitters (FFCA Carbon Neutral Guide of the Year);

• Emerald Water Anglers (FFCA Carbon Neutral Shop of the Year);

• Rep Your Water (FFCA Carbon Neutral Brand of the Year).

All three represent world firsts in their categories. Kyle Schaeffer, of Soul Fly Outfitters, said: “I appreciate this honour and deeply hope that the work being done by the CCFA inspires more action from our community of brands, shops, guides and individuals to address our collective role in climate change.”

In addition to being an FFCA member, Schaeffer is also an American Saltwater Guides Association Board member and is exploring ways to conserve our natural resources and reduce his company’s carbon footprint.

Seattle-based fly shop and guide service, Emerald Water Anglers’ owner, David McCoy, said: “Congratulations to everyone who has taken steps with their respective businesses to be conscious of the environment we so vitally depend upon. We are proud of this award and with it hope to inspire others to join by demonstrating the ease of and importance in doing so at business and personal levels.”

Rep Your Water is a specialist apparel brand dedicated to providing gear for anglers and hunters, while increasing support for local conservation. Co-owners, Corinne and Garrison Doctor, said: “We are so grateful to be part of the first generation of FFCA members to go carbon neutral.

“While it is a lot of work to calculate we are pleased to be forging the path along with Kyle and Emerald Water Anglers to help inspire even more folks to take the next step.”

Rick Crawford, FFCA founder, added: “All of the Carbon Neutral Award winners deserve a ton of credit for taking the initiative to calculate their carbon footprint and achieve carbon neutrality.

“As an angler and father who is deeply concerned about the future of our fisheries and planet, I sincerely appreciate their efforts. The winners are demonstrating what climate leadership looks like and I could not be prouder of them.”

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