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:

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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.

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