Bill Shedd, president of the American Fishing Tackle Co. was recently awarded the prestigious 2014 Californian of the Year by the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC). Shedd is the son of Milton Shedd, founder of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and SeaWorld San Diego.
In the past two years alone, Shedd’s American Fishing and Tackle Company has made approximately $500,000 in financial contributions to marine environmental research and conservation. He is a co-founder of United Anglers of Southern California, California’s largest sport fishing organization, leading efforts to develop White Seabass grow-out facilities and hatchery programs. Shedd volunteers more than 500 hours a year on marine resource and recreational fishing industry issues. Among his many contributions to marine ecology, Shedd is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hubbs/SeaWorld Research Institute, a member of the International Game Fish Association’s Board of Trustees, He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Coastal Conservation (CCC), and the California Artificial Reef Enhancement program (CARE).