Mossback offers grant for 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation fish habitat projects, pledges more in 2018

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The Front Range Bassmasters in Colorado deployed Mossback structures in 2015.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Mossback Fish Attractors is looking to reward B.A.S.S. Nation chapters or clubs who propose innovative ways to use their artificial structures in fish habitat enhancement projects. The best proposal will receive $1,000 in product from the Arkansas manufacturer.

And according to Mossback’s marketing director, Andy Benson, the 2018 grant program will be even bigger. As encouragement to do more and bigger projects this year, Mossback is pledging to give 10 percent of every 2017 sale back to the B.A.S.S. Nation in the 2018 grants.

Mossback attractors have been used in fish habitat projects across the country with great success. Made in part from recycled PVC pipe and polyethylene plastics like discarded milk containers and pop bottles, these fish attractors are helping the environment and helping fishing at the same time. Unlike natural materials like trees or brush, these artificial structures withstand fluctuating water levels, sun exposure and should last indefinitely, maintaining their fish attraction qualities for years and years.

Applicants are asked to submit a no more than one page proposal explaining the scope of their project, its significance to the fishery and the community; describe partners who assisted with the project either with labor, other donated materials or matching funds; and describe how the project will show a new or creative way to address a problem or need using Mossback products. Projects involving youth, Junior Bassmasters, High School bass fishing teams or college anglers will definitely receive greater consideration.

The deadline for submitting proposals is April 15, 2017. Completed applications should be scanned to a PDF file and e-mailed to B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland at ggilliland@bassmaster.com. Gilliland and representatives from Mossback will judge the submissions and the winner will be announced by the end of April.