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Posted 03 December 2011 - 11:31 AM
Walmart is using a commercial for their prescription drug sales showing an old guy fishing with his grandson. Makes me sick to know that they are donating all that money to anti-fishing groups and eliminating the tackle sections in the stores.
They lost me for life. Even if they change their ways I wont go back.
Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:06 PM
Yeah I was wondering the same thing if there so anti fishing why are they such a big sponsored of the flw.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:20 AM
I know this is not PC correct but...............Isn't Wally World run by the founder's daughter. lol
Edited by nova, 08 December 2011 - 10:21 AM.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 04:23 PM
Sounds interesting. Are they handing money to PETA or something? Do you have an article or some info you can post? What stores have they pulled tackle from?
Posted 08 December 2011 - 04:54 PM
I love fishing like everyone else, but reading an article it looks like Wal-Mart may be sponering the conservation of fish, not simply against fishing.
"the Walton Family Foundation announced investments totaling more than $71.8 million awarded to various environmental initiatives in 2010, with over $36 million alone handed over to Marine Conservation grantees including Ocean Conservancy, Conservation International Foundation, Marine Stewardship Council, World Wildlife Fund and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)."
"According to the release, the Walton Family Foundation “focuses on globally important marine areas and works with grantees and other partners to create networks of effectively managed protected areas that conserve key biological features, and ensure the sustainable utilization of marine resources - especially fisheries - in a way that benefits both nature and people.”
After decades of over fishing, it is hard NOT to see the decline in local fisheries. I use to fish for Cod off the cost of MA. Listening to the stories of the old timers who have whiteness the decline in large fish first hand should motivate everyone to preserve our fisheries. This is a global problem, from the USA to the Amazon River Basin.
If Wal-Mart is against fishing, then I am against Wal-Mart. If they are pushing for the much needed conservation of fishing populations, then there is nothing wrong and I applaud them.
I will need to do more research to determine my exact stance, but from this quick search, I can't say I am totally against what they are doing.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:35 PM
The bad thing about these so called conservation areas is that they end up being banned to recreational as well as commercial fishermen. Some of these groups operate under the guise of conservation when what they truly want is a ban on all fishing and hunting.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 07:30 PM
Here are a few of the things I read...
Just do a google on Walmart Antifishing
You will get a load of stuff. I am done with them.
Edited by Sonny.Barile, 08 December 2011 - 07:31 PM.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:13 PM
I understand what you are saying Ben, and it is difficult to create the perfect balance between environmental sustainability and accessibility for economic and recreational demand. Experts (which I definitely am not) will battle both sides, providing numerous facts that support their claims.
However, without strict conservation, commercial and recreational fishermen alike will deplete and destroy this natural resource. Unfortunately a lot of sport fishermen, I feel, fail to see the role they play. For example, the weekend fisherman that keeps a couple Stripers that are undersized, or a couple trout over the bag limit (this angers me to no end), to the drag nets that destroy hundreds of Cod fish nests and eggs.
Conservation is a need. And although some organizations take it to the extreme, I feel those organizations just balance the equation for those groups who fight for the abolishment of all regulation. The unfortuante thing is America does not have the resources in place to patrol and prosecute current offenders. Therefore, adding additonal laws does not really solve the problem. The first step would be to readily enforce the laws that already exist.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:45 PM
It sounds like this got blown out of context if what they are doing is sponsoring conservation projects, as afisherman I am all for conservation. The "Anti" part comes from the talk of closing some areas to all fishing. This was prcaticed with great success in a few reef areas around New Zealand, the then fisheries minister was a bit of a pioneer in this area. Reefs rebounded very quickly to former natural stocks.
It is a sad reflection on the state of some of our formerly great fisheries if this now has to be considered. It is also a shame that the recreational angler gets caught up with this. In the UK where I am from, I have witnessed a Charter Skipper force an angler to throw back a 20lb plus cod, becuase he would face a $30,000 fine if caught with it on his boat. We all knew the cod was dead as it had been winched up from the deep, we all watched it as it floated away on the tide. We have had many Cod bans and bans on catching sea bass too.
I still don't see why the pleasure angler has to get cought up in this though.
Posted 09 December 2011 - 12:35 AM
I chimed in with a "me too" too quickly, without reading enough about what was actually going on.
I'll take a lot of heat from my fishing friends for saying this, but I think WalMart is being responsible in what they're doing.
I grew up in the '50s, in Venice, CA, when the Santa Monica Bay was alive with fish.
The bay used to be full of sardines, anchovies, and huge schools of bonita and barricuda, which preyed on the bait fish.
I remember when white sea bass were almost trash fish. Then they were overharvested to the point where, without the stocking programs the state instituted, they would have been gone from our waters.
Fortunately, both the white sea bass, and the squid they feed on, have made a strong recovery.
But commercial fishing, especially with drag nets, and mostly foreign commercial fishing more recently, had decimated our rock fish stocks.
It is a shame that, once again, the many have to suffer due to the sins of the few, but closing the sea in coastal areas is the only way to insure the rebound of the fisheries. Quotas and voluntary compliance just haven't worked.
Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:04 AM
Looks like over there in the States you're starting to head into the same issues we European anglers are already used to face !
greetz , diemai
Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:14 AM
The problem I have with closing areas for fishing, hunting or any outdoor sport is that the way our government works once it is closed it is closed forever. And it's only going to get worse if the U.N. is allowed to get involved in the management of our coast line and waterways. I'm not saying all conservation groups have the same agenda, but there are those out there that will say or do anything to stop all hunting and fishing nation wide. They care nothing about the rights of others. All they want is to have the things they want forced upon all of us. How many of this type of activists actually contribute money to the construction of habitat or to fisheries management that helps with restocking damaged waters due to over fishing or natural disasters? I'm betting the taxes we pay as hunters and fishermen have done more to help the wildlife in this country than any environmental group.
Posted 09 December 2011 - 12:23 PM
We've seen successes here in Illinois where the DNR closed water for a few years before re-opening them.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 11:52 AM
Do what I do.
Shop at Target the mom's are hottier their anyway.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 02:22 PM
I live in Boynton Beach, Florida.
I don't buy my gear at WalMart for that reason.
The place I use to shop use to sell fishing license, they have a sign up at their sporting goods counter for the for the last 8 months that the machine that prints the license is broke, and that department has shrunk to 1/4 of what it was.
I have Basspro, Dicks, and Gander Mountain in the area to get my stuff plus lots of Mom & Plaster of Paris bait and tackle shops to go to.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:20 PM
Tater, I can just see you wandering around Target asking all those hot moms if they know where you can find a "Hoochie Mama".
Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:55 AM
There is alot more to this that would take to long to explain. I have been reading up on fishing polotics in NJ for years. Some of the people behind this "political movement" (and it is a political movement) are key members of anti-fishing and hunting groups such as PITA. They have closed some coastal areas in NJ (my state) for no apparent reason. Thay have expanded some of the existing ones without so much as a peep to the public. These same people were against the artificial reef program here and are dead set against all forms of hunting. ....and like Rayburn said, they dont put their money where there mouth is.
Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:31 PM
In my area, Wal-Mart supports bass fishermen...therefore I support Wal-Mart