The Future Angler Foundation (FAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization formed in April of 2012 by a group of anglers dedicated to help grow the sport of fishing through education and outreach. Membership is open to any individual, organization or business interested in growing participation in the sport of fishing. FAF’s mission is to support the efforts of individuals and organizations who are willing to share their passion for the sport through education and outreach in a manner that will grow future participation in the sport of fishing.
The FAF wants to expose potential new anglers of all ages, race and gender to the sport of fishing and educate them on how to catch fish and protect the resource. This educational component is critical for the future of the sport.
Additionally, we need to teach new anglers to protect our lakes and streams for future generations. To meet that goal, FAF plans to work with state and federal agencies like the U.S. Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Sea Grant Network, the National Park Service and state DNR’s to educate anglers on the steps they can to take to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).
Participation in the wholesome, family-fun activity of fishing has been declining, due in part to the economic hardships many families face, single parent households, and other activities (like video games) that divert young people’s attention from the outdoors. Our education and outreach will help reverse the attrition.
Specifically we are:
- Educating volunteers on how to host events designed to educate anglers on the necessary skills to catch fish and utilize the fish they have caught as food.
- Providing materials, fishing equipment and other items that will support an increase in participation in the sport.
- Creating an infrastructure that will allow accomplished angler volunteers to educate anglers of all experience levels at venues like National Parks, National Forests, and State Parks, State Forests, and Federal/State Wildlife areas.
- Developing programs with school systems to bring angling into the schools as part of the curriculum. FAF Members will volunteer their time to train the teachers and FAF will contribute to the funding of the equipment needed for these programs.
- Providing individuals and organizations funding and equipment to support programs those individuals and organizations are currently using to increase participation in the sport.
- Hosting a website designed to educate anglers of all ages and genders. Additionally the site will share the passion our Members have for the sport through video and images of our participation in the events we are funding.
- Working with the fishing industry to generate support for the FAF’s mission to educate anglers of all ages.
The Future Angler Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, with no paid staff. Funding will be provided by member contributions, donations from the general public, donations from businesses, grants from government agencies, fundraising events and grants from other nonprofit organizations. Seed money, donated by a few key anglers and business partners to date, have launched the FAF.
Now that we have the structure in place, the FAF is getting ready to do even more to grow the sport of fishing around us.
Meet the Team
Patrick Neu — President and co-founder, outdoor market consultant with extensive experience in the outdoor industry and the Executive Director of the National Professional Anglers Association(NPAA)
Al Lindner — Vice President, world famous television personality at Lindner’s Angling Edge and well respected angler educator for nearly 40 years
Jeff Marble — Secretary, a successful fishing industry entrepreneur and former board member at the American Sportfishing Association
Dr. Robert (Nick) Schmal — Executive Director, over 30 years of experience working in aquatic resources. Nick holds a Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management from the University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in fisheries science and water resource management from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Dr. Philip Moy — Chief Scientist at Smith-Root, Inc. Over 20 years’ experience working in aquatic science research, education and outreach and previously worked as the Assistant Director for Research and Outreach at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Robert Blosser — Co-founder, past president of the NPAA, successful entrepreneur and top ranked tournament angler
Kristine (K.J.) Houtman — Author and publisher of Fish On Kid’s Books, a widely distributed series of chapter books for families that enjoy the outdoors
The driving force behind the formation of the FAF was the combined passion for the sport as avid anglers and a desire to share this life-changing activity with others. If individuals of all ages and genders begin to fish, they will quickly share our passion, thus solidifying its place in America’s culture for generations to come.
For more information about the Future Angler Foundation contact Patrick Neu at (920) 856-6151 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .