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How a layoff became an opportunity for this Colorado fishing shop owner

May 3, 2024
Dylan Demery is focusing on her woman-centric business, She's Fly, after losing her full-time job. "It just feels right," she says.
Dylan Demery of She's Fly, left, fishing with her business partner, Emily Anderson.
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Fly fishing was her passion. Now it's her business.

Aug 22, 2023
Dylan Demery opened Colorado-based She's Fly with two friends to provide outdoor clothing and gear that were comfortable for women.
Dylan Demery loved fly fishing but often couldn't find gear suitable for women.
Courtesy Demery

Americans are spending less on hobbies. How's that affecting stores that rely on them?

May 18, 2023
Commerce Department data shows retail sales for sporting goods, hobby, instrument and book stores were down 5.4% in April compared to a year ago. Sales for garden equipment and supplies were down too.
Lindsay Farrell, who works at Canton Games in Baltimore, holds out a 100-sided die. It costs $44.99. Stephanie Hughes / Marketplace

In Ilulissat, Greenland, fast climate changes are altering a way of life — for better and worse

Nov 25, 2022
As icebergs melt, fishing with sled dogs on sturdy winter glaciers is no longer safe. But the retreating ice also means bigger catches of fish.
The town of Ilulissat, meaning "iceberg" in Greenlandic, overlooks Disko Bay.
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Why did the outdoor economy suffer in 2020 when more of us were outside?

Nov 11, 2021
Lockdowns, public lands closures, supply chain disruptions and travel restrictions took a toll. But many outdoor retailers still had a great year.
More Americans got out and about biking, fishing and hiking amid COVID-19 in 2020. Above, a bike shop owner repairs a tire in Brooklyn.
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For this fly-fishing outfitter, demand is outpacing supply

Feb 26, 2021
Has fly fishing become too popular during the pandemic? A Georgia outfitter shares his story about keeping up with demand.
People "go fishing a lot more than they used to," says Gary Merriman, who owns a fly-fishing store. "Everybody wants to be outside."
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Running a seafood business on the eve of Brexit

Nov 23, 2018
Brexit could make waves in the seafood industry. But for now, it's a waiting game.
Ronald Scordia, of Angelbond, posing with crawfish.
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For small commercial fishermen in Alaska, the business can be boom or bust

Aug 22, 2018
Why one fisherman in Alaska won't leave the industry, despite the ups and downs.
Salmon fishermen hauling in salmon on July 1, 2015 in Newtok, Alaska.
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A rise in foreign industrial trawlers off the coast of Senegal is causing local fishermen to lose their livelihoods

Apr 19, 2018
West Africa loses $1.3 billion a year as a result of illegal fishing from foreign trawlers. Senegal, the country hardest hit, loses $300 million a year, or 2 percent of its GDP.
A beach in Dakar is full of unused pirogues, or wooden fishing boats. Senegal loses an estimated $300 million a year as a result of competition from foreign industrial trawlers that fish off its coast.
Photo courtesy of Zach Campbell

New law could make California fishing licenses more user friendly

Jun 20, 2017
For all its ocean docks, lakes, river and streams, the state has the fewest people who go fishing per capita.
A fisherman casts his line into the Sacramento River.
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