World’s First Carbon-Neutral Sailfish Tournament

Last month I spent a weekend in Miami Beach at the world’s first carbon-neutral sailfish tournament, co-sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. The tournament offset an estimated 200 tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions through AgCert, which is using the funds for a project on the East Coast to recapture agricultural methane, a greenhouse gas more than 20 times as powerful as carbon dioxide in trapping heat. Our National Wildlife Federation boat caught and released a total of four sailfish, good enough for 10th place.

A sunny weekend on a boat off the coast of Florida may sound like a vacation. But that calming cruise turns into stressful sport the instant a line starts twitching and your captain starts yelling, "Someone get that rod! Reel, reel, reel!" National Wildlife Federaton supporter Ray Golden and National Wildlife Federation regional representative Ron Warnken were each able to catch-and-release a sailfish, but if you know Ray or Ron, you’ve probably already heard the story – they couldn’t stop talking about what a thrill it was.

And that takes us back to the concern that drove Capt. Dan Kipnis to make The Sailfish Tournament carbon-neutral in the first place – will future generations be able to enjoy the same outdoor opportunities we do now? Or will they live in a used-to-be world where all they know about sailfish, polar bears and moose are the stories they’ve heard from their parents?

That’s why the National Wildlife Federation supports climate change legislation that reduces global warming pollution at least 2% per year and seeks dedicated funding to conserve and restore America’s natural resources already impacted by global warming.

Take a look at this video and you’ll see what we’re fighting to save:

Published: February 15, 2008