The Recreational Fishing Alliance says angler and business response to the group's call for a nationwide Wal-Mart boycott have been overwhelming.
The RFA called for a boycott of Wal-Mart after learning that the Walton Family Foundation had awarded more than $36 million to groups such as Ocean Conservancy, the Conservation International Foundation, the Marine Stewardship Council, the World Wildlife Fund and the Environmental Defense Fund in support of marine protected areas and catch-share programs.
“We've had calls of support from both coasts, even from a few Midwest bass fishermen. Our nation's anglers are extremely agitated by the Walton Family Foundation's actions,” RFA executive director Jim Donofrio said in a statement. “When you spend your hard-earned money on fishing tackle only to learn that the profits are being used to close down fishing access, it gets folks justifiably upset.
“The fishing community supports conservation, but we're not willing to accept preservation, exclusion or privatization,” he added.
The alliance is reminding anglers who want to organize grassroots protests outside their local Walmart store to consult with local authorities first.
“We encourage peaceful protest, but every municipality has its own rules and regulations regarding active protest,” Donofrio said.