BURLINGTON, Vt.–Paul Millman, vice president and CEO of Chroma Technology Corp. in Rockingham, Vt., was invited to spend a day on the Champlain College campus on November 29 as part of a new Champlain Division of Business initiative called Executive Spotlight.The mission of Executive Spotlight is to engage Champlain College students, faculty and the broader Champlain community with business leaders who have made a significant contribution to Vermont and its economy. Millman spent the afternoon speaking with students and participating in a roundtable discussion with faculty members. The program concluded with a reception in the historic Morgan Room.In an international marketing course, Millman spoke with students about the importance of cultural sensitivity and the acquired skills necessary to successfully conduct business around the globe. He related some of his experiences doing business in China, Japan, India and Germany.Chroma Technology is an employee-owned company that manufactures microscope filters from the ultra-violet to the near-infrared portions of the spectrum. Chroma serves the scientific and technical communities. It takes pride in being environmentally conscious, having made a significant investment in its facilities to maximize energy efficiencies.Over the past several years, Chroma has been the recipient of numerous awards, including One of the Best Places to Work in Vermont, an award presented jointly by Vermont Business Magazine, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Department of Labor, Vermont Department of Economic Development and the Society for Human Resource Management in November 2006.Last year the company was also named Exporter of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chroma exports to more than 52 countries, with export sales totaling more than 40 percent of all sales. Earlier this fall, Chroma Technology was awarded a 5x5x5 Growth Award, which honors the five fastest-growing companies over the past five years in five major categories. Chroma has been honored four out of the last five years in the technology category.The host of the Executive Spotlight initiative, Champlain Colleges Division of Business, has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence and close ties to the Vermont business community. The Divisions degree programs include Accounting, Business, e-Business Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Event Management, International Business, Marketing and Paralegal Studies.
Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig Bring Single-Cup Brewing to Grocery Stores Nationwide New Brewer and 12-Count Package Debut in Grocery ChannelWATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Keurig has ignited a revolution in coffee making as the market leader in single-cup brewing. Now, in response to feedback from its customers and consumers, Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig, divisions of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), are providing their winning combination of single-cup brewers and patented K-Cup(r) portion packs to grocery stores across the country, just in time for the holidays.Consumers now have a unique offering from Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee in grocery stores. A new single-cup brewer from Keurig, the Classic, is available exclusively at grocery locations. In addition, Green Mountain Coffee has debuted a new and compact 12-count box of K-Cups(r), available in ten different varieties of coffee, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) and organic offerings. The 12-count packaging is specifically designed to fit on supermarket shelves.With the Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewing System, consumers can choose their favorite variety of coffee, tea or hot cocoa in K-Cup portion packs, brew a single cup at the touch of a button, and enjoy a gourmet cup with no mess or clean-up.”Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee’s entry into the grocery channel is a win-win for both consumers and grocers,” says Larry Blanford, President and CEO of GMCR. “We’ve heard compelling feedback from consumers that they want the option to buy their K-Cups in grocery stores and purchase K-Cups in smaller packages, allowing them to try more varieties. The combination of Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers and Green Mountain K-Cups(r) gives consumers an economical way to bring the coffee house experience right into their homes. For grocers, tapping into this hot trend in specialty coffee invigorates their coffee aisle and gives their shoppers a wide variety of fresh, gourmet coffee selections to choose from. With this single-cup offering, our 10- and 12-ounce coffee packages, and our in-store brewing solutions, we have a complete brand proposition for our supermarket customers.”Keurig Single-Cup Brewers and Green Mountain K-Cups are helping to drive the growth of the specialty coffee category in grocery. According to IRI data (InfoScan, Total U.S. Food) for the latest 52 weeks ending October 5, 2008, initial supermarket accounts that carried Green Mountain K-Cups as part of their specialty coffee selection experienced more than twice the growth in dollar sales of the national average for the specialty coffee category. The single-cup category allows grocers to supplement their packaged coffee offerings and participate in “by-the-cup” business traditionally reserved for coffee shops.Keurig brewers and Green Mountain K-Cups are now available at over 17,000 locations, including retailers, department stores, supermarket chains and independent grocers across the country. Green Mountain Coffee’s website features a list of locations at http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/stores(link is external) where consumers can find Keurig brewers and Green Mountain K-Cups.To support accelerated growth and enhance brand awareness, Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee are investing in a $15+ million marketing effort this holiday season, including Keurig’s first national TV advertising campaign. Other marketing initiatives include co-op advertising, promotion and merchandising support, in-store demos and direct mail programs.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially and environmentally responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee division sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.
CHICAGO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ — TransUnion.com released today the results of its analysis of trends in the credit card lending industry for the third quarter of 2008. The report is part of an ongoing series of quarterly consumer lending sector analyses focusing on credit card, auto loan and mortgage data that may be found on TransUnion’s Web site.StatisticsAverage bankcard borrower debt (defined as the total bankcard debt per bankcard borrower) increased nationally 1.57 percent to $5,710 from the previous quarter’s $5,621, and 6.0 percent compared to the third quarter of 2007 ($5,387). The highest state average bankcard debt was in Alaska at $7,827, followed by Nevada at $6,636 and Tennessee at $6,568. The lowest average bankcard debt was found in Iowa ($4,277), followed by North Dakota ($4,403) and West Virginia ($4,517). Bankcard debt is the total balance of bank issued credit cards for an individual consumer.The steepest increases in average bankcard debt over the previous quarter occurred in Wyoming (4.96 percent), Delaware (4.12 percent) and Arizona (3.12 percent). Maine experienced the largest drop in its average credit card debt (-1.4 percent), followed by North Dakota (-1.12 percent) and Alaska (-0.57 percent).Nationally, the ratio of bankcard borrowers delinquent on one or more of their bankcards increased to 1.09 percent in the third quarter of 2008, up 4.8 percent over the previous quarter. However, on a year-over-year basis the national delinquency incidence rate has risen 5.8 percent from 1.03 percent in the third quarter of 2007. Incidence of delinquency was highest in Nevada (1.79 percent), followed closely by Florida (1.45 percent) and Mississippi (1.45 percent). The lowest bank card delinquency incidence rates were found in North Dakota (0.70 percent), Vermont (0.70 percent) and Utah (0.76 percent). On a positive note, four states showed a decline in their quarter-over-quarter delinquency incidence rates. Wyoming’s delinquency rate dropped the most (-9.1 percent), followed by Alaska (-6.7 percent), Nebraska (-4.5 percent), and Maine (-1.1 percent).Analysis”As expected, bankcard delinquency is again on the rise after experiencing two consecutive quarters of decline,” said Ezra Becker, principal consultant in TransUnion’s financial services group. “Although financial institutions have been undertaking proactive measures to mitigate risk in their portfolios, the continued deterioration in the financial and labor markets is having a negative impact on the ability of consumers to repay their debt obligations. Those consumers with high mortgage debt (expensive first- and second mortgages with adjustable rates and /or home equity lines of credit) may opt to utilize whatever cash reserves are available to keep their houses rather than pay off any debt on the credit card obligations.”In addition, the third quarter of 2008 saw a drop in the nation’s disposable income per capita and an increase in unemployment, putting additional burden on the consumer’s ability to repay credit card debt. However, the significant drop in energy prices that accelerated in September may have mitigated the increase in delinquency, as the diminishing demand for crude oil started to show at the local gas pump,” added Becker.ForecastTransUnion’s forecasting models for the national 90-day delinquency rate suggest a possible flattening or minimal increase in the fourth quarter of this year as consumers take stock of the recent bad economic news and curtail their expenditures for the holiday season – at least relative to prior years. However, as economic conditions worsen and consumer confidence continues to deteriorate due to the ongoing economic crises, we see an upward trajectory in the national credit card delinquency rate for 2009 – reaching as high as 1.3 percent or 1.4 percent by year end.As for state projections, Nevada (1.78 percent) is still anticipated to experience the highest average delinquency rate by the end of 2008, while North Dakota and Vermont are expected to show the lowest level of delinquency (0.69 percent).TransUnion’s Trend Data databaseThe source of the underlying data used for this analysis is TransUnion’s Trend Data, a one-of-a-kind database consisting of 27 million anonymous consumer records randomly sampled every quarter from TransUnion’s national consumer credit database. Each record contains more than 200 credit variables that illustrate consumer credit usage and performance. Since 1992, TransUnion has been aggregating this information at the county, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), state and national levels.About TransUnionAs a global leader in credit and information management, TransUnion creates advantages for millions of people around the world by gathering, analyzing and delivering information. For businesses, TransUnion helps improve efficiency, manage risk, reduce costs and increase revenue by delivering comprehensive data and advanced analytics and decisioning. For consumers, TransUnion provides the tools, resources and education to help manage their credit health and achieve their financial goals. Through these and other efforts, TransUnion is working to build stronger economies worldwide. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Chicago, TransUnion employs more than 3,600 employees in more than 25 countries on five continents. www.transunion.com(link is external)
The Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) today announced that Bio-Medical Applications of New Hampshire has withdrawn its application to purchase Fletcher Allen Health Care’s outpatient dialysis clinics. Bio-Medical Applications, a for-profit company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., itself a wholly-owned subsidiary of a German corporation.The withdrawal of the application for a Certificate of Need approving the sale follows the release by BISHCA of a proposed Statement of Decision denying approval on the grounds that the sale would result in lower quality services at higher cost without any improvement in access to care. ‘Bio-Medical’s decision to withdraw closes the docket in this matter,’ said Clifford Peterson, BISHCA’s General Counsel. ‘The Department will work with Fletcher Allen to assure continued delivery of high quality outpatient dialysis treatment to Vermonters.’ BISHCA 12.19.2011
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence:When Vistra Energy Corp. subsidiary Luminant Generation Co. LLC announced on Oct. 13 that it would retire two large coal plants in Texas next year, the company stated that “these two plants are economically challenged in the competitive ERCOT market” because of “sustained low wholesale power prices, an oversupplied renewable generation market, and low natural gas prices, along with other factors.”That statement echoed what has become a truism among merchant generators operating in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region: the rapid spread of cheap wind power is creating an oversupply of electricity in the Texas market. ERCOT oversees the grid that supplies most of Texas with its electricity.“ERCOT is currently oversupplied,” found a December 2016 report prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition by the Brattle Group, Inc. that looked at grid reliability in the face of rising penetration of renewable energy sources and accelerating retirements of coal-fired plants, “and the forecasted additions of natural gas, solar, and wind generation should provide a cushion to absorb many of the retirements that may occur.”A market that appears oversupplied to an owner of coal-fired plants, however, may not appear so to a grid operator charged with maintaining adequate resources for summertime peak loads. What’s clear is that as the penetration levels of wind and solar generation climb toward and past the 20% threshold, the issues around supply and demand, grid stability and market functioning become more complex. And Texas, a pioneer in wind power, could serve as a glimpse into the future of the U.S. power grid as renewables become cheaper and more widespread.Even as peak loads have remained relatively flat in the region in the last few years, total operating capacity from all sources combined has continued to climb.And much of that new capacity comes from wind, which grew from just over 11,000 MW in 2013 to nearly 16,260 MW in 2016 — a 48% increase in just three years — despite a renewable energy mandate that was met years ago.Following a construction boom fueled by the federal tax credits and the state’s $8 billion investment in long-distance transmission lines, Texas has nearly 20,000 MW of wind power capacity. The state supplied 25% of U.S. wind power in 2016, and wind capacity in the state is expected to reach 25,500 MW by 2019. Along with abundant supplies of low-priced natural gas, all that wind has helped depress energy prices in Texas. Despite having, by far, the highest energy usage per capita in the nation, Texas enjoys energy prices per MWh among the lowest of any state.As the Luminant retirements indicated, low wholesale power prices are driving coal generators out of the market. Exacerbating that trend, the wind boom is expected to be followed by a solar boom in the Lone Star state; in its most recent long-term scenario, ERCOT said between 14,500 MW and 28,100 MW of solar capacity could be added to the system by 2031. Through September, Texas had generated about 17% of its electricity from wind in 2017. Developers have already signed interconnection agreements for another 8,655 MW of new wind, plus 2,050 MW of new solar installations, in ERCOT.For coal plant owners, low natural gas prices and high wind penetration “have been like a one-two punch,” says Chen-Hao Tsai, senior energy economist with the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. “If solar really takes off as ERCOT predicts, that will replace a good amount of generation from conventional generators during the daytime. I would consider that the third punch.”Adding to the blows against coal, natural gas plant construction is proceeding as well: “more than 14 GW [of] gas-fired generation capacity are also in the pipeline, with 7.6 GW scheduled to come online in 2018,” according to a July 2017 report by Tsai and his colleague Gürcan Gülen for the International Association of Energy Economics.What goes for Texas today could soon apply to the U.S. as a whole. According to the American Wind Energy Association, nearly 26,000 MW of wind capacity is now in development nationwide, with more than 14,000 MW under construction. New installed wind capacity reached 2,357 MW in the first half of this year, the American Wind Energy Assocation says, pushing total installed capacity to 84,405 MW. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electricity generation from wind will reach about 526 billion KWh by 2040, nearly 11% of total U.S. generation.The Department of Energy’s more ambitious Wind Vision program aims to boost wind to 35% of U.S. generation by 2050.In Texas, meanwhile, wind power’s position is being strengthened by new farms built not in West Texas, home to the majority of the capacity built to date, but along the Gulf Coast. While West Texas still accounts for the majority of the state’s wind capacity, wind power along the Gulf Coast has increased sixfold in the last five years, reaching 2,385 MW, or nearly 12% of the state’s total wind capacity. That’s important because Gulf winds blow more consistently than those in West Texas, and better match with the peak daytime hours for electricity consumption, overcoming the variability that of generation from farms in West Texas, where the wind is highest at night.That will likely crowd out more fossil fuel generation, especially from coal plants, which are less flexible than plants that burn natural gas and are thus less able to ramp up quickly when the sun’s not shining and the wind’s not blowing. According to a May 2016 report from the Brattle Group — also prepared for TCEC — coal generators face a sharp decline in Texas: Coal’s share of generation in the state will fall from 34% in 2013 to 6% in 2035.Coal’s dethronement in Texas has implications for coal producers in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, as well. Texas, which consumed some 86 million tons of coal in 2015, much of it from Powder River mines, is by far the largest coal market in the U.S. Accelerating retirements in Texas will have a dramatic effect on Powder River Basin mines: Luminant’s Monticello and Big Brown plants, for instance, both of which are now slated for early retirement, bought up 54% of production from Peabody Energy’s Rawhide mine through the first seven months of 2017, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.More: Wind booms, coal suffers in oversupplied Texas grid Wind Booms, Coal Suffers in Oversupplied Texas Grid
Australian regulators give big boost to batteries, demand response FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker gave its support to the idea that they can compete freely on the wholesale electricity market.The decision announced by the Australian Energy Market Commission on Thursday is likely to encourage new players in the market to aggregate solar and battery storage installed in homes and businesses, as well as load controls, in a major shift to the way demand and supply is managed.It is also likely to encourage proponents of technologies that would manage the charging of electric vehicles, and the use of their combined battery capacity in the grid, and it could encourage peer-to-peer trading.In short, it means that customers with battery storage and electric vehicles can strike contracts with providers other than their main retailers to provide power to the grid when needed. It sets a signal that the Australian grid is finally moving to embrace 21st century technologies.That said, the AEMC – after years of deliberation and after initially rejecting the idea – has only given approval in principle. The idea still awaits a specific rule request that will likely repeat the battle between the proponents of new technologies, and those locked in the past.The decision by the AEMC in its Reliability Frameworks Review shapes up a major victory for the likes to Tesla, sonnen, Simec Zen, Reposit, Redback, Sunverge, and others who have argued for the development of “virtual power plants”. These are essentially rooftop solar and battery storage installations located “behind the meter” in homes and businesses which are connected by software. These “distributed energy resources” can be harnessed to help moderate prices and meet demand peaks.More: Win for Tesla, batteries, EVs and smart tech in Australian grid
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:Renewable energy was the main driver behind Enel’s growth in operating profit, the power firm stated, and was its largest recipient of investment in the first nine months of the year.The Italian company’s reported earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rose 6% year-on-year to €12.1 billion between 1 January and 30 September. It stated that this increase was “mainly driven by renewables”, and that – along with networks – clean energy sources contributed €670 million of earnings in this period.Enel increased its capital expenditure on renewables by 32% year-on-year, and with an investment of €2.65 billion, clean energy received more than any other business line as it did in 2017.The power company installed 3.3GW of new renewable energy capacity in the last 12 months, it stated. This total includes 613MW of new wind power capacity commissioned by its subsidiary Enel Green Power in the first nine months of 2018, including a 132MW project in Peru – the country’s largest wind farm.It also added hydro (62MW) geothermal (1MW) and ‘solar and others’ (1,112MW), but no new nuclear, coal, combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT), or oil and gas during this period.Enel’s wind fleet reached 7,438MW at the end of the third quarter: 8.75% of its 84,932MW total capacity. Hydro, coal, CCGT and oil and gas all had larger shares of this total. The Italian power company had 3,279MW of wind projects under construction (1,773MW) or ready to build (1,506MW) at end of Q3, more than any other power source.More: Clean energy ‘main driver’ of Enel’s earnings Italy’s Enel says renewables powering growth in its 2018 profits
Delaware Finally Does ItIt’s hard not to feel bad for Delaware, especially with all the activity at the Supreme Court of equality this week. Poor little Delaware, the redheaded stepchild of America; the forgotten first state of this great nation, the disenfranchised native son, the only state in the union without a National Park Service presence…until now. On Monday, President Obama designated 1,100 acres of land between Wilmington and Philadelphia the First State National Monument, finally welcoming all 50 states into the National Park family. This will provide additional funding along with guaranteeing the land for future generations. During the same ceremony, President Obama also declared the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on Maryland’s eastern shore, giving the mid-Atlantic a double whammy of national monuments to celebrate. So go ahead, celebrate Delaware. You deserve it.Slow news day around here so we’ll let Delaware soak up some glory.Here are some links to interesting, albiet slightly off topic, stories: The future of battery technology, and energy in general, could sprout from a lab accident. Typical. via slate.comProfile of the Man Who Changed Fly Fishing Forever, Tibor “Ted” Juracsik. via Garden and GunGeorge Lowe, final member of the first Everest Expedition dies. Not on summit team, but vital member. via OutsideStanding up for skiing, and ski bums. via SAMHurricane Sandy, rebuilding, and why we yearn to live where nature doesn’t want us. via Daily Beast
The Tough Mudder series of races is not for the squeamish and for good reason – read about the race’s first death during competition here. The races are long and the obstacles vary from cold water plunges to wall climbs to running through wires coursing with electricity. The race is intense to say the least.It’s the Electroshock Therapy obstacle that gets the guy in the video above, and no, it’s not the guy who takes a digger at :05. You can tell the wires are working from the guy who flinches at :13 just as the true victim is sucking his doors off trying to get through without feeling the wrath. The worst part is the guy looks like he is making good time and in a healthy rhythm. Nothing like an electric clothesline to put a hitch in your giddy-up. But he’s a tough mudder, so he stayed in the game, which is commendable given he just got jacked off his feet. He’s lucky his head didn’t pop off, and you can tell he is physically hurt as well as emotionally demoralized as he slumps away.Love how the woman with the volunteer shirt just walks on by giving no assistance – if that is even a real Tough Mudder volunteer, which she may not be. Or maybe volunteers are instructed to not give assistance – that’s just another obstacle in the race. And the announcer with his two cents for the crowd: “Wow. You don’t see that every day.”No, you certainly don’t.
For one sunglass manufacturer, conservation is all about sustainable fishing; and the company works with partners around the world to help increase awareness and influence policy so that both the fish and fishermen of tomorrow will have healthy waters.More than 30 years ago, a group of anglers banded together with a goal to build the clearest, best performing sunglasses, able to withstand harsh fishing environments. Costa continues today with a mission to not only help people see what’s out there, but to protect sustainable sport fishing at the same time.In 2011, Costa began its partnership with music star Kenny Chesney to design a signature line of sunglasses with proceeds from the sale of each pair benefiting habitat restoration programs with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). The program has raised more than $80,000 since it began.Costa also recently worked with its partner, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT), to develop and support Project Permit — a five-year tagging program designed to collect never-before-seen data on permit fish in Florida and the Caribbean. Since its inception, Project Permit has expanded into Mexico. The program is starting to see an increase in tag returns, which will help provide important research to inform future fishery policies and regulations.In 2012, Costa helped open the first sport fishing tourism program in Guyana, a first of its kind in the country. As seen in the award-winning film, Jungle Fish, the Rewa village on the Rupununi River now has the capacity to bring fly anglers in to fish for monster arapaima, creating jobs and generating sustainable economic development for the region. Since opening, the sport fishing lodge has remained at capacity, hosting up to 24 fly fishing anglers per year. Recently, the program won a $500,000 grant from Compete Caribbean, with the goal to expand the sport fishing tourism efforts to several other villages in Guyana. Exploratory efforts are taking place to learn how this sustainable sport fishing program can be introduced to other parts of the world.Currently, as a support partner to OCEARCH — a shark tagging research program aiming to replace fear with facts — Costa helps develop and collect all of the multimedia content from each expedition. The content is then shared online allowing educators, scientists and shark enthusiasts alike to take part in important conversations about one of the planet’s top predators. In 2014, OCEARCH is on a mission to South America, visiting the Galapagos Islands, Chile, and Brazil to expand its tagging efforts to include yellow fin tuna, wahoo, rainbow runner, skip jack, White sharks and Tiger, Hammerhead, Bull, Blacktip and Silky sharks, among other species.An important part of Trout Unlimited’s (TU) expanding Youth Education efforts, the “5 Rivers” program organizes campus groups to provide students an opportunity to learn fly casting and fly tying and also to participate in off-campus volunteer activities on the members’ home waters. Costa worked with TU to develop the program, which now boasts chapters at 26 colleges and universities.For the past five years Costa has hosted a now-legendary “party with a purpose” on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. Instead of marketing at other people’s events, Costa decided to control the vibe. The event brings national acts to a music festival to raise money for sport fishing programs. Since the event began, thousands of University of Alabama students have helped raise more than $200,000 for groups including The Billfish Foundation and Coastal Conservation Association. Costa also works to support the Center for Coastal Conservation and the Turneffe Atoll Trust to protect the Belize fishery.“In order for the sport fishing industry to continue to grow, we must work together to protect the resources and attract new people into the sport,” said Costa president Chas MacDonald. “Without the fish, there are no anglers. Protect the fish, and they will keep the anglers participating in the sport and growing the business opportunities.”