The conservation arm of the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation of West Virginia made significant improvements in fish care during tournaments in 2011.
The chapter's live-release trailer was equipped with a new micro pore diffuser plate and a pure oxygen supply. This, in addition to the healthy fish anglers brought to the weigh-in scales, contributed to a 98.47 percent healthy release rate.
"I attribute this [rate] to our members becoming better conservationists by taking extreme measures to care for their fish," said Jerod Harman, conservation director for the West Virginia B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.