新澳门六合彩开奖直播 Announces Monumental Sale of Headquarters to Bolster Endowment for Global Conservation Efforts

The 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 announced the strategic sale of its building and the south parcel of its property to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela鈥檚, and the north parcel of its property to Baywood Hotels. This transformative tri-party deal, valued at nearly $20 million, includes $15.5 million towards the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播’s endowment and an additional $4.4 million of 12.5 years of prepaid rent, marking a pivotal moment in the organization’s storied history dedicated to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices.

This sale comes as a result of a collaborative effort years in the making between the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 and Bass Pro Shops founder and 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 Trustee Emeritus, Johnny Morris. Originally opened in 1999 thanks to a generous land donation made by Morris, the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播鈥檚 headquarters sits within Sportsman鈥檚 Park adjacent to Bass Pro Shops and notably featured the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 Fishing Hall of Fame. Thanks to its strong network of supporters, the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 paid off the building mortgage in 2008.

Following dwindling attendance numbers and the loss of a $1 million tax credit from the state of Florida, the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 made a visionary move in 2015 to relocate the Fishing Hall of Fame to Johnny Morris鈥 Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri ahead of its 2017 grand opening. Voted 鈥淎merica鈥檚 Best Aquarium鈥 by the readers of USA TODAY an unprecedented five times, the 350,000-square-foot museum and aquarium has attracted more than 6 million visitors since opening in 2017, greatly outpacing the Hall of Fame鈥檚 previous attendance records in Florida.

鈥淏y transforming the bricks and mortar that once housed the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 Fishing Hall of Fame into an endowment, we are securing the continued growth of the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播鈥檚 mission-driven programs in perpetuity,鈥 said 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 President Jason Schratwieser. 鈥淭his is a monumental step not only for our members and representatives, but for everyone who loves the sport of fishing.鈥

The transformative sale underscores a milestone in the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播’s strategic vision for global conservation, youth education and angler recognition efforts. By redirecting underutilized resources from its physical headquarters, the organization fortifies its commitment to a future where game fish conservation transcends geographical boundaries. This move marks a shift towards an era of global expansion for the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播, emphasizing wide-reaching programs that will make the organization’s resources and initiatives accessible to a broader international audience. The bolstered endowment ensures not only the continuation but the vigorous expansion of the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播’s work in safeguarding game fish and their habitats, promoting ethical angling, and fostering a new generation of conservationists, irrespective of their location.

The longstanding partnership between the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 and Bass Pro Shops has resulted in impactful conservation and youth education programs including Passports to Fishing, a global youth education initiative that has taught more than 100,000 children to fish, and the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 Great Marlin Race, a cutting-edge research and conservation initiative that has deployed more than 600 satellite tags on billfish worldwide. With this bolstered endowment, the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 cements its status as the world’s largest game fish conservation nonprofit, poised to amplify its impact on a global scale.

“Conservation and inspiring young anglers to be the next generation of outdoor stewards are vital to the future of our beloved sport and the habitats that sustain it,鈥 said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. 鈥淲e鈥檙e incredibly proud to further our commitment to the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 and its noble mission.鈥

As part of the agreement, the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 will continue to occupy its current executive offices and the E.K. Harry Library of Fishes rent-free for the next 12.5 years, ensuring its enduring presence in South Florida, a location with rich angling history and deep ties to the 新澳门六合彩开奖直播’s origins.

新澳门六合彩开奖直播 staff, trustees, and honored guests commemorate the historic sale of their headquarters, a momentous step in fortifying an endowment dedicated to global conservation initiatives.

“This historic sale is more than a financial transaction; it’s a testament to our unwavering dedication to game fish conservation and the global angling community,鈥 said 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 Chairman, Roy Cronacher. 鈥淲e are fortifying our legacy while setting the stage for an innovative future, ensuring the sport of fishing thrives for generations to come.”

The 新澳门六合彩开奖直播 extends its deepest gratitude to Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops, and Baywood Hotels for their roles in this historic transition, and to its dedicated network of supporters who have steadfastly championed its mission since its inception in 1939.