"I Fish, I Vote" bumper stickers have been a recognizable symbol of the Recreational Fishing Alliance for the last 15 years.
Now, just one day after a key vote in the House of Representatives that would defund government efforts to "develop, approve, or implement" any new limited-access privilege programs, RFA is offering a new line of bumper stickers: “Walmart = Save Money, Less Fishing.”
The alliance is critical of the Walton Family Foundation’s 2011 funding report, in which it was announced that a total of $30.54 million in charitable donations were awarded last year directly for marine conservation, which is very much in line with the amounts awarded in 2010 toward the environmental business community's efforts to create marine reserves and catch share programs.
"At a time when fisheries managers are starving for improved fisheries data, scientifically sound assessments and increased data collection in the recreational community, it's hard to believe that these black-tie environmental business leaders are so focused on efforts to deny the public access to our natural resources," RFA executive director Jim Donofrio said.
In 2011, RFA announced an official angler boycott of Walmart stores as a result of corporate donations awarded to efforts to close and privatize saltwater resources. Despite receiving cover from industry professionals supportive of Wal-Mart's freshwater bass circuit, the Walton family's efforts to shut down U.S. coastal waters through marine reserves and catch shares should not be supported by tackle manufacturers, the RFA said.
For boycott Walmart bumper stickers, which cost $3 apiece, call (888) 564-6732.