CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS ■ AFTCO
During our research, we came across more standout companies — too many to profile in this space. Here’s a sampling of what other marine-industry companies have achieved:
has supported numerous conservation efforts over the years from its Southern California base, including spearheading a white seabass hatchery project, and efforts that successfully banned drift gill-netting and longlining off California. The company donates more than 10 percent of its profits to fishing conservation.
■ Bass Pro Shops supports scholarships, hosts numerous kids’ fishing events nationwide, and makes a serious effort to employ veterans. The company recently donated 50,000 rods and reels to inspire more kids to get outside.
■ Contender Boats, based in Homestead, Florida, works closely with the Coastal Conservation Association, among other philanthropic organizations.
■ Mercury Marine, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, promotes employee community service and has helped fund a long list of organizations. The company recently hosted a regional veterans’ fishing day.
■ Pure Fishing, parent company for Penn, Berkley and other fishing brands, has also funded numerous conservation-focused projects.
■ California-based West Marine provides communityoriented grants.
■ Yeti, out of Austin, Texas, is known for both cash and product donations to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations.
■ Yellowfin Yachts, out of Bradenton, Florida, has been active with that state’s Captains for Clean Water project.