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Professional Anglers Join Invasive Species Fight

National Professional Anglers Association
Published November 2, 2010

Wildlife Forever and the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) have officially joined forces in the battle against invasive species.

The NPAA is one of best ambassador groups in reaching out to the general public regarding invasive species. By enlisting in the battle together, other anglers will join the fight and learn how to "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" "I've met anglers this year who have seen their favorite lake's ecosystem changed drastically because of invasive species. These anglers have had to change tactics and techniques because zebra mussels cut their line or milfoil fouls the hooks. Many pro-anglers understand invasives first hand, and this new partnership will arm them with the tools and information they need to help get the word out to their peers, and sponsors about the threat invasive species pose to the sport we love." said Wildlife Forever's Program Manager, Pat Conzemius.

Wildlife Forever's collaborative conservation efforts called the Threat Campaignreaches out to youth and adults to arm them with the knowledge needed to protect habitat and wildlife in a vastly changing environment. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats facing the American landscape and by creatively engaging youth and outdoors people with educational and prevention messages, millions of people are learning how to "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!"

"This new partnership between Wildlife Forever and the NPAA will empower the more than 400 NPAA members and a growing number of NPAA Supporting Partners with the facts they need to help eliminate the threat that invasive species pose to our waterways", said Pat Neu Executive Director of the NPAA. Neu went on to say, "that by combining the resources at Wildlife Forever and the volunteer manpower of the NPAA we will have created an effective partnership that can make a difference in the ongoing fight against invasive species across the U.S. and Canada."

For more information on either of these non-profit organizations go to www.WildlifeForever.org and www.NPAA.net or contact: Pat Conzemius Wildlife Forever Invasive Species Program Manager pconzemius@wildlifeforever.org 763-253-0222 or Pat Neu, National Professional Anglers Association Executive Director npaa@npaa.net 920-856-6151