Ben’s work in conservation has impacted the fishing industry throughout the Midwest through education and promoting stewardship of the waters used by anglers. By encouraging anglers to be selective in their harvest and practice catch and release, anglers are making a significant and positive impact on fisheries where populations of trophy fish exist. These practices help keep the genes of those unique fish in the fishery, preserving them for generations to come.
“I’m excited to take on this new role with USAngling,” said Leal. “Conservation has been a big part of my life for so many years, and our reach with the organization that I run has been somewhat limited. All the programs promoted and executed within Recycled Fish brought the conservation message to anglers, young and old alike. US Angling’s worldwide footprint will allow me to share my knowledge with a broader audience”.
“Conservation of our natural resources should be at the forefront of every outdoorsman and woman. It’s also our job to bring these practices to our youth, without whom we won’t have a sporting industry. They are the future of our sport, take care of the resources we have now and pass it on to them, so they have the same opportunities we did”, added Leal.
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