Ways To Be More Eco Friendly On The Water




written by staff writer

Unfortunately most anglers are not as well-versed in the ways to preserve aquatic ecosystems while fishing as they ought to be. Many options go unnoticed that could make a huge difference in the future of the sport we all hold dear. In a time where “green living” is in the spotlight, it’s important to consider the different practices you can implement to make sure you are doing everything you can to sustain the resources and protect wild habitats.

C.A. Richardson from Flats Class is a a Captain helping lead the charge on this very subject. Not only does he adamantly support Captains for Cleanwater (an organization working to save the Everglades), but we have been watching him for a while now and picked up some other tips from him along the way. So here are a few ways you can be more economically sustainable and environmentally friendly on the water.

1. Choose an eco friendly outboard motor

It’s important to consider both the economic and eco-friendly features of your engine. The latest models from Evinrude outboards include some of the lowest emission and highest power-to-weight ratios on the market today. Capt. C.A. Richardson from Flats Class stands by Evinrude outboards:

I am committed to protecting our planet’s most valuable resource: WATER. I couldn’t do what I do every day without healthy, clean marine ecosystems. That’s why I’m proud to run my evinrude brp E-TEC G2.
— C.A. Richardson
The PurePower Combustion of an Evinrude E-TEC G2 is so clean burning that its reportable emissions are lower than any other engine in its class. I’m proud to work with companies like evinrude brp who are doing their part to protect and preserve the environment.
— C.A. Richardson

2. Avoid plastic

Make sure you are being environmentally conscious not just with your motor, but with all housekeeping practices. Make small changes to your routine like taking all plastic with you, swapping out the plastic water bottles for reusable cups. Durable tumblers like the Yeti products will get you through an entire day on the water.

3. Avoid running over shallow areas

Operating in shallow water risks stirring up bottom sediments and destroying aquatic vegetation. Sometimes, it is difficult to determine the point at which this might happen. If your vision is not the best it can be, you run the risk of not being in complete control. When you can see more, you can do more. Using Smith Optic sunglasses can help you navigate the waters, and avoid disturbing marine life living in the shallows. The lens delivers greater definition, more natural color, and unmatched clarity to allow you to see more detail. In the long run, this will help prevent shoreline erosion and keep your boat safe.

By incorporating these straightforward steps into your routine on the water, you’ll be preserving the environment not only for all the wildlife that makes its home, but for other anglers and boaters as well.

See more ways in which you can be more “eco friendly” on the water with the new episode of Flats Class “Sports Coast Trout” below. C.A. & Capt. Greg DeVault fish the Sports Coast near Port Richey, FL for winter-time gator trout.

S13:E3 - “Sports Coast Trout”