COSTA PROTECT: 2021-2022 Purpose Report

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SECOND EDITION | 2021-2022




In 1983 an intrepid group of anglers, who spent their days exploring the globe and battling extreme elements, envisioned creating sunglasses that could stand up to the harsh environments they regularly encountered.

FORTY YEARS and countless adventures later, our mission has never wavered – to create the best sunglasses on the planet and protect the watery world we call home. Our brand pillars of EXPLORE, PERFORM, and PROTECT continue to inspire our efforts as a brand to create purpose-built products to keep us out on the water longer, doing what we love most.

Like the first edition, this purpose report serves as both our authenticator and accountability measure. We believe crafting the highest quality lenses and frames doesn’t mean taking advantage of the world around us. We work just as hard to protect our waterways and fisheries as we do to discover new ways to embrace them. Our commitment to preserving these places, all while

The Costa community has grown since those early

educating and empowering our brand ecosystem, is woven

days back in 1983, and now encompasses anglers and

throughout everything we do. You’ll see this through:

adventure-seekers who, like our founders, are always ready to embark on any excursion. Because we know it's on these journeys where the magic happens, where each day is overflowing with possibilities, and where we witness breathtaking experiences.

+ Continued Initiatives, including Kick Plastic® and OneCoast + Integrated Programs, like our familiar Trout Unlimited Costa 5 Rivers program and our new addition, Costa Compete + Conserve, in the bass space

This, our second Protect Report, is a reflection of our own journey through 2021 and 2022, building off the previous 38 years and setting our sights on raising the bar and leading the charge in pursuit of our higher calling.

+ Intentional Projects, leading with our Marlin Fly Project + Mission-aligned Conservation Partners, supporting 40+ coastal and freshwater organizations

Celebrating four decades of all that is Costa, this report highlights our work, together with our community, to protect the watery world for generations to come.



40 years protecting the watery world we call home


500k single-use plastic water bottles avoided annually by Kick Plastic® Guide Ambassadors

43 major wins by Costa Pros across our water communities

325 Compete + Conserve bass tournament trails giving back to freshwater fisheries


$1 million



committed to conservation in 2021 and 2022

Costa Pros serving as brand ambassadors in support of our mission

community activations and supported events


14 tons

1 million

mission-aligned cause partners

of polycarbonate lenses recycled since 2019

poly bags avoided with new paper packaging in six months




United Nations Sustainable Development Goals supported

Trout Unlimited Costa 5 Rivers college student members

Costa Films™ produced in 2021 and 2022 that underscore our commitment to Community X Conservation


1 ton


donated through Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF), as part of our OneCoast initiative

of discarded fishing nets repurposed annually for Costa’s Untangled™ Collection of eyewear and apparel, through our partnership with Bureo®

Striped Marlin satellite tagged in 24 hours on the fly, marking the first fly-fishing billfish tagging mission in history


“ Throughout the past 40 years, Costa has filled its history books with

numerous victories and adventures worth celebrating. We’ve come a long way since 1983 – bearing witness to decades of product innovation, working just as hard to protect the waters we love as we do to experience them, and growing a loyal community that’s just as obsessed with the pursuit of those heart-stopping, water-filled moments as we are." - Federico Buffa, Chief Marketing Officer





PRODUCT WITH PURPOSE As a brand, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our customers and the planet to minimize our impact. We recognize that every product we make has an environmental footprint, and when it comes to sustainability, we’ll never stop chasing the horizon. The far flung places we continuously seek are often found among the harshest conditions of intense heat, salty air and bright sun. With that in mind, Costa’s product design and production philosophy is simple – durability and longevity are the two most responsible paths we can take. Along our endless pursuits to see what’s out there, we are constantly searching for innovative technologies, materials, processes and partnerships that propel us forward on this journey to a more sustainable future.

UNTANGLED TM COLLECTION When you look through a pair of Costa Untangled™ sunglasses, you’re seeing our vision for healthier oceans —a vision of how high-performance sunglasses can inspire change and create a tangible, positive impact. Every year, an estimated 640,000 tons of discarded fishing gear makes its way into our waterways. Discarded fishing nets are the most harmful form of

plastic pollution in the ocean, but by partnering with our friends at Bureo® to collect and recycle fishing nets, we’re helping to change that. With frames made of 97% to 100% recycled fishing nets, our Untangled™ Collection of performance and lifestyle sunglasses are as good for fishing as they are for the ocean. Ever since the original Untangled™ Collection of sunglasses debuted in 2018, we began working with Bureo® to further advance the recycling and molding techniques to sustainably build frames better suited for long days on the water. In 2021, we expanded the collection to include four performance frames. The new frames [Santiago, Pargo, Antille and Caleta] are built from an upgraded NetPlus™ material with a 100% traceable supply chain, are made of 97% recycled fishing nets and a 3% performance additive, and feature recycled aluminum logos. That’s all paired with Costa's famed recyclable, colorenhancing, polarized 580® mineral glass lenses.

Through the production of the Untangled™ Collection, Costa is repurposing one ton of discarded fishing nets annually.

Santiago, the newest performance Untangled™ frame, won ICAST’s 2021 “New Product Showcase: Best in Show” award in the eyewear category.




PRO SERIES BUILT TO LAST Anglers know as well as anyone, the best can always get better. We’ve taken that sentiment to heart with our PRO Series. Costa’s line of legacy frames, rebuilt with six key performance features, is the definitive example of our commitment to durability and longevity, and its success is influencing how we design future products.

MATERIAL INNOVATION Along our endless pursuits to see what’s out there, we continue to search for the most durable, innovative and responsible materials available for crafting our gear.

Along with the polarized, color-enhancing 580® lens tech we’re known for, the features we added into these legendary Costa frames are designed to help anglers stay on the water even longer, despite the conditions. And like all of our injected frames, the PRO Series is built using our lightweight Bio-Resin™ 1, reducing the carbon footprint of traditional plastic frames, yet maintaining our tough durability standards. We sweat the details, so you don’t have to.

PARTNER PRODUCTS Our desire to create products with a purpose goes deeper than just how they’re made, it’s what they stand for. Our collection collaborations directly support the efforts of our partners working to better our watery world. The COSTA + OCEARCH® Collection includes sunglasses, shirts, and hats inspired by Great White Sharks & Tiger Sharks - the balance keepers of the ocean ecosystem we all love. Each purchase from the OCEARCH® collection helps fund shark research expeditions that generate critical data to protect what's out there.

The use of recycled materials doesn’t stop with our eyewear—we’ve found innovative ways to use NetPlus™, REPREVE® and other recycled materials in our apparel lines.

+ H at visor boards, made from 100% NetPlus™ Material of recycled fishing nets

+ T ech Shirts made from 100% recycled polyester + T ackle Hybrid Pants + Shorts made from 100% recycled polyester

“ As a purpose-driven brand, Costa Sunglasses recognizes the immense role businesses can play in protecting and preserving our resources for future generations. We don’t take this responsibility lightly, and strive for continual, meaningful progress.”

- J ohn Sanchez, Vice President Product Strategy

PACKAGING UPDATES Most recently, as part of our ongoing efforts to Kick Plastic®, we’ve implemented a paper alternative for single-use plastic poly bags for our apparel lines. The new Vela™ FSC™ certified paper bags are weather-resistant, transparent, and curbside-recyclable where available. In the first six months of launching this innovative packaging, we’ve eliminated the use of more than 1 million plastic poly bags.


Made from 58% renewable resources


COMMUNITY X CONSERVATION It’s not just what we do. It’s who we are. A brand model that ties deep to our roots and hasn’t wavered in our 40 years of existence. Much like the mangroves' role in our beloved watery world, Community X Conservation is what gives Costa life. Everything we do flows from it. It’s what makes us more than just a sunglass brand. It’s where we find our sense of purpose - a higher calling if you will.


is at the heart of everything we do.

A higher calling to protect the waters we love, to connect those, like us, that truly come to life on the water, and to conserve the life within. Amidst our global pursuits to see what’s out there, it’s hard not to fall in love with the wild places we discover and the people that call them home. It’s in those special moments together by the water—when

you pause to appreciate the beauty of a painted sunrise, have a long conversation waiting for the storm to pass, share in the excitement of an epic catch, or relive the day with drinks by the fire – that you realize, water unites us all. It’s the commonality that ties us to our ever-growing community of ambassadors, pros, lodges, cause partners, vendors, retailers and customers, and ultimately, what fuels our ongoing commitment to conserve our resources.

A commitment that’s played out through the combination of our own conservation initiatives as well as supporting organizations and partners who believe in the same things we do. Whether it's diving in immediately, navigating the big tasks, consistently showing up for the seemingly “small” things, or taking on unchartered waters, we use our resources to amplify the impact of our partners and make a difference. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned along the way, it’s that when we all come together, we have the greatest impact for conservation.


MARLIN FLY PROJECT The ultimate culmination of Community X Conservation, Costa’s Marlin Fly Project is the first multi-partner program of its kind to better understand one of the most incredible Striped Marlin fisheries in the world—by tagging billfish on the fly in Magdalena Bay, Mexico. region of the globe, where they are the star of the show Southwestern Baja, Mexico is full of authentic culture

for ecotourism.

and community, built alongside an untamed ecosystem


that, for three to four months a year, features quite

With the hopes of better understanding and protecting

possibly the most incredible Striped Marlin population

this important fishery, Costa’s Marlin Fly Project was born,

on the planet. Striped Marlin have only a brief history

and in December 2022, Costa ventured to Magdalena

of minimal scientific research - making them one of

Bay to partner with Los Locos in pursuit of Striped

the least understood billfish species - especially in this

Marlin on the fly.

The Marlin Fly Project marks the first recorded billfish research campaign completed on fly tackle. Findings will help fill crucial data gaps on an understudied Striped Marlin population, which is vital for the protection and management of this highly migratory species (HMS).

Working directly with the local community, and bringing along top scientists from The Billfish Foundation, International Game Fish Association, and the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Fisheries Research & Development as well as some of the most talented

Community-first nonprofit and original Costaborn project, Indifly, joined the mission to meet with the community of San Carlos and assess a potential social impact project. Inspired by both the people and operation, Indifly plans to innovate ways for this vital community to write their own future.

Costa Pros from across the globe, the Marlin Fly Project successfully deployed 15 satellite tags (in a mere 24 hours) followed by 20 traditional spaghetti tags. Our friends at Los Locos have set up a unique operation that works directly with the locals of Southwestern Baja to support this one-of-a-kind community through angling tourism. In addition to an unforgettable angling and field science experience, the goal of the Marlin Fly Project was also to engage with this community and leave a lasting impact.


Building on Costa’s OneCoast initiative for emergency preparedness, our partner Finns West outfitted the Los Locos operation and guideboats with safety equipment and medical training.


Costa partnered with Travel Creel, who hosted cooking classes in the community, and sourced produce, meats and seafood from local fishermen and farmers to prepare dinners each night to feed our crew.

We participated in organized cleanups along San Carlos’ coastline, and on the final night hosted local guide families for a celebration, in gratitude for their hospitality and guidance. Our aim has always been to do good work that the local community can be passionate about and proud of.

Moving forward, the Marlin Fly Project will continue its mission to create advocates for this fishery locally and globally, by fostering dynamic relationships and supporting this ecosystem and the people who depend on it.



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Throughout the last 40 years of pursuits and adventures, the need to protect the watery world we all call home has only grown in importance and urgency. This higher calling has inspired the creation of many impactful Costa-owned conservation initiatives, including Kick Plastic® and OneCoast, and programs, including Costa Compete + Conserve, and Trout Unlimited Costa 5 Rivers.

plastic waste.

Out of concern for the immense amount of plastic in the ocean and our waterways, Costa started the Kick Plastic® initiative in 2015 to reduce the use of single-use plastic in our own operations and encourage the communities and events we work with to do the same. Fishing captains, guides, outfitters and lodges from around the world have pledged, as Kick Plastic® Ambassadors, to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles from their operations and replace them with reusable bottles from our Kick Plastic® partners. Every year more than 500,000 single-use plastic water bottles are avoided by Costa Kick Plastic® captains, guides and outfitters through the use of reusable options. In addition, eye care professionals across the country participate in the Kick Plastic® Ambassador program by sending in their polycarbonate lenses to our recycling partner. Since launching in 2019, more than 14 tons of polycarbonate lenses have been collected from our eye care partners for recycling. Polycarbonate lenses collected through the Kick Plastic® Ambassador program have been recycled into items such as plastic lumber, play sets, buckets, containers, frisbees, stadium seats, carpet, bracelets and traffic cones.


UpSculpt artist Cindy Pease Roe to create a Tarpon art sculpture, Twisting the Night Away, made entirely from ocean-sourced

PLASTIC PROBLEM + SOLUTION Every year, consumers use millions of tons of plastic just once before throwing it away—and far too much of it ends up in our oceans. Plastic can now be found in almost every aquatic habitat on earth, and it's estimated that nearly 9 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. Reducing our use of single-use plastic raises awareness of the larger problem of ocean plastic pollution. It gets people thinking and talking about ways they can reduce their reliance on single-use plastic and encourages ocean-friendly alternatives.

WOLLASTON LAKE LODGE Wollaston Lake Lodge, a world-class fishing lodge in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, offers one of the finest fishing experiences in North America. They are all-in on eliminating single-use plastic water bottles at the lodge, an effort that was logistically challenging given its remote location. Wollaston’s efforts to Kick Plastic® demonstrate their deep resolve to protect the watery world and inspires clients to do the same.

“ Costa’s Kick Plastic® initiative has made me very aware of the impacts of single-use plastic waste. By incorporating a simple thing such as using reusable water bottles and drinkware every day throughout the lodge we have minimized, tremendously, the amount of plastic waste. I try to do what I can to protect our resources, and I believe if we all take these small steps, it can lead to bigger impact.” - Captain Moe Newman, Journey South Outfitters, Costa Pro + Kick Plastic® Ambassador

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW National and global consumer events serve as a great opportunity to generate awareness surrounding Kick Plastic® and get people onboard. We continue our long-standing partnership with the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS), annually hosting the Costa Conservation Village, which highlights Costa-owned programs and initiatives as well

as the work of our cause partners, through speaking opportunities and tabling. In addition, Costa filteredwater stations are placed at key points around the show, offering reusable water containers for sale to help reduce the amount of plastic waste. At MIBS 2021 and 2022, Costa Kick Plastic® water filling stations replaced the equivalent of 10,000 single-use plastic water bottles.


The coasts are places we ALL love to explore and places we strive to protect. The mission of OneCoast is to bring relief to our coastal family and friends affected by natural disasters. After Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ravaged our coasts in 2017, Costa launched OneCoast to bring relief to affected communities through the purchase of OneCoast Costa apparel, direct donations, awareness and volunteering.

As fishing guides, they know the waters better than anyone, and were able to use their vessels for rescue missions. They worked around the clock on drop sites for critical supplies, clearing debris, delivering food and water to families in need, hiring local fishing guides for cleanup efforts, and getting the word out to drum up support throughout the industry. On November 4, 2022, Costa donated $50,000 to Captains for Clean Water’s Emergency Disaster Relief Fund at their Annual Restore Gala in Fort Myers, Florida. The full donation was used to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian. Costa has continued to lead the charge, using its voice and leveraging media relationships to help bring awareness to the need, all while helping direct other brands and industry partners to join in the effort to make a difference. We’re proud to be a part of the angling community, where we’ve seen countless brands, organizations and individuals step up and band together to provide as much help as possible.


An extension of OneCoast, Costa also partnered with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) in 2017 to create the Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF) - a fund that provides financial support to captains, guides and crew members in the wake of major natural disasters. Professional, recreational angling is often the cornerstone of local coastal economies, and the ability for these small businesses and entrepreneurs to get back on their feet after natural disasters is critical to re-establishing the cultural and financial well-being of the areas in which they operate. To date, the WARF has distributed a total of $275,000 to recreational angling associations in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Belize, Louisiana, The Bahamas, and Montana to help local captains and guides recover from natural disasters.

HURRICANE IAN + CFCW DONATION On September 28, 2022, Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to Southwest Florida, home to many Costa partners and pros. Costa, Captains for Clean Water and the fishing community in our home state of Florida were some of the first responders to jump into action after the hurricane.



“ In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, I had this idea of putting up a dozen of my steelhead flies on Instagram to see if I could personally raise more money than I could by just writing a check. What started as one auction of flies, turned into this real grassroots effort of auctions for flies, art, guided fishing trips, manufacturer provided items like rods and reels and more. Since then, anglers from all over the world have come together numerous times to raise more than $650,000 to provide support when the unexpected hits. Having such an industry leading brand, like Costa, on board brings so much awareness to this cause and inevitably inspires others to jump in.” - Josh Mills, #FliesFor Community Organizer / Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Corporate Conservation Partnerships Coordinator

RED RIDER In 2021, angling artist Ed Anderson designed the ‘Red Rider’ sticker, raising $10,000 for Hurricane Ida relief through WARF.

“ At our very core as individuals and as a company, lies the belief that we are nothing

without our communities. Even if that means sacrificing normal business operations to make sure we (Costa) are doing our part to help when it's needed. When Ian hit, we hit the ground running as soon as the storm passed. While still completing the necessary work at night and in the early mornings, we, through the support of the communities on the east coast of Florida, were able to transport over 30,000 lbs of relief supplies to the affected communities on the west coast. Over the course of three weeks, our team logged over 6,500 miles and worked tirelessly to provide relief. This is who we are. Next time you buy something, ask yourself... Am I putting my money into a company that is giving back? ”

- Nick Jones, Sales Rep (MN, WI, IL)


In 2021, Costa Sunglasses expanded its longtime support of bass fishing with the introduction of Costa Compete + Conserve— a contingency program that not only awards the highest placing angler wearing Costa Sunglasses in select tournament trails, but also donates to one of five conservation partners on the angler’s behalf. An industry first, the popular bass fishing contingency program has proved to be highly successful, with more than 1,500 members and 325 supported tournament trails. For every angler payout, a corresponding cash donation is made to one of five organizations Costa identified as directly supporting freshwater conservation efforts. Since launching, more than $71,000 has been donated to: + American Rivers + Bass Fishing Hall of Fame + Friends of Reservoirs + Johnny Morris Conservation Foundation + National Fish & Wildlife Foundation


Costa launched Compete + Conserve following a longtime desire to lead the charge on conservation awareness in bass fishing. Building off the model of popular angler reward programs, Costa added its own touch, finding a way for bass anglers–from the top professional to the weekend fisherman–to play a part in the preservation and improvement of freshwater fisheries.


+O WN at least one pair of Costa Sunglasses and register online or on-site +C OMPETE and be the highest placing angler wearing Costa Sunglasses in supported tournaments + REDEEM via claim form to receive bonus +C ONSERVE by selecting one of five conservation partners to receive allotted donation + PROMOTE on social media

“ We are grateful that the Bass Fishing Hall of

Fame was chosen as one of the organizations that anglers can select in the Costa Compete + Conserve contingency program. This program is a great example of Costa's long-standing commitment to the conservation of our natural resources. The past years’ donations and future expansion of the program will not only showcase Costa's conservation ethic, but will also help spread the word about the good things the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is doing to celebrate, promote and preserve the sport of bass fishing."

- Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Conservation Director, Gene Gilliand



In 2022, Costa partnered with Major League Fishing (MLF) Fisheries Management Division to organize a series of cleanups called Costa Clean Water Matters. Bass Pro Tour anglers, including Costa Pros Kevin VanDam, Casey Ashley, and Dakota Ebare, participated alongside local college and high school students to spend half-days collecting trash near the event sites at Lake of the Ozarks, James River, Lake Champlain and Cayuga Lake.


In 2014, Costa spearheaded the TU Costa 5 Rivers Program to create fishing clubs on college campuses across the country to engage with the next generation of anglers. Today, there are 75 clubs with more than 2,500 members nationwide.

GOOD TIMES. WITH GOOD PEOPLE. DOING GOOD STUFF. Trout Unlimited (TU) Costa 5 Rivers is a nationwide network of conservation-minded college fly-fishing clubs. VISION: To create the most empowered, educated, and engaged generation of conservation-minded college fly anglers in history. VALUES: Conservation, education, stewardship, community, fun, respect, inclusivity, growth, engagement, and leadership.


As the capstone of the TU Headwaters Youth Program, 5 Rivers clubs seek to engage current and aspiring fly anglers on their campuses nationwide, being active in all things fly-fishing; club meetings, regional rendezvous, film screenings, tying nights, networking, fishing trips, industry access, and above all — conservation and stewardship.

In an effort to build community and engage members, Costa rebranded TU Costa 5 Rivers in 2021. As part of the rebranding, Costa launched 5 Rivers on the platform to give members access to Costa, Trout Unlimited, each other, and the resources of other clubs nationwide.

In 2021, University of Victoria (British Columbia) became the first Canadian TU Costa 5 Rivers Club.

For the first time in Trout Unlimited’s 60+ year history, and out of 420 clubs, a TU Costa 5 Rivers Club (University of Georgia) received the prestigious Silver Trout Award in 2022.

Every TU Costa 5 Rivers Club President also serves as a Costa college ambassador for their campus.


COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY X CONSERVATION EVOLVING OUR EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE WATERY WORLD As part of our commitment to Community X Conservation, Costa has spent the past 40 years developing meaningful partnerships with missionaligned organizations to help drive awareness of critical issues affecting our watery world. Beneath the surface, we donate annually to these causes. But what we really pride ourselves on more so than just writing checks, is how we show up. Our team serves as partners, voices, and stewards to support those who are driven to protect our resources, just like we are.

5 GYRES INSTITUTE 5 Gyres is a leader in the global movement against plastic pollution, with more than 10 years of expertise in scientific research, engagement, and education.

AMERICAN FLY FISHING TRADE ASSOCIATION (AFFTA) A trade association, AFFTA represents the community of fly-fishing businesses aligned around the sustainable growth of fly-fishing, a commitment to conservation, and policies that support a thriving industry. IFTD Costa sponsored and activated at AFFTA’s 2022 International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Throughout the event, Costa hosted a Kick Plastic® Panel (featuring Costa Pros Capt. Benny Blanco, Hilary Hutcheson and Oliver White), sponsored the 2022 Drake Awards Film Event, and premiered its ‘Project Permit: Pathway for Permit’ film in conjunction with partner Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

The following list not only highlights the partners we believe in and support, but also calls attention to some of the top activations and initiatives we’ve been a part of over the last two years.

KEY: + Compete + Conserve Conservation Partner ~ Supported through partner products ^ Costa Marlin Fly Project Partner

INDUSTRY SUMMIT Established for leaders in the fly-fishing industry to engage, learn, and network, Costa also sponsored and participated in the first AFFTA Industry Summit (October 2022) in Charleston, South Carolina.

AMERICAN RIVERS + American Rivers, a leading river conservation organization, is championing a national effort to protect and restore rivers, from remote mountain streams to urban waterways.



Costa is wholeheartedly committed to co-promoting

ASGA exists to unify fishing guides, small business owners and like-minded anglers, and empower their collective voice to drive positive impact on fisheries management at federal, regional and state levels.

the education process. Long hours listening, attending,

SUPPORT Inspired by their undertaking of the difficult task of educating the community on complex fisheries management and their willingness to step into the unknown to protect key Atlantic species like Striped Bass, False Albacore and Redfish, Costa became the inaugural brand sponsor of ASGA in 2021, and has been committed to supporting their work through grassroots and monetary support, as well as amplifying messaging to a national audience. Costa stands behind ASGA’s stance that all our businesses and lives are made better with more fish in the water.

and engaging through grassroots models to maximize participating and commenting lead to protecting our fisheries for the next generation. ASGA STRIPER SYMPOSIUM Capping off a spring of Striped Bass attention and community action to protect the fishery, the inaugural ASGA Striped Bass Symposium took place on Cape Cod in May 2022. Presented by Costa Sunglasses and Cheeky Fishing, preceding their annual Schoolie Tournament, this event aimed to further unify Striped Bass enthusiasts, foster productive discussion and bridge the gap between the science and recreational communities. THE ALBIE PROJECT False Albacore have a cult following throughout the Atlantic coast. For inshore light tackle and fly anglers, there aren’t many species that put up the fight or generate visual feeds that False Albacore do. Quite simply, anglers love chasing "albies." Costa anglers and much of the ASGA membership depends on them, but unfortunately, there is no management or scientific understanding for this important species. ASGA recognized how valuable this species is to so many. Levering their network, and with the backing of Costa, ASGA launched The Albie Project in fall 2022. To date, the Association collaborated with the New England Aquarium to deploy over 60 acoustic tags to track coastwide movements, embarked

RALLYING THE STRIPED BASS COMMUNITY Often referred to as “every man’s fish,” Striped Bass are one of the most popular sportfish on the East Coast and in danger of repeating their distant but dark past. ASGA has been at the forefront of Striped Bass management and conservation since the Association’s inception.

on a traditional tagging campaign, and launched a DNA research study with Cornell University to explore the potential connectivity of False Albacore in the Atlantic.

In 2022, ASGA hit the road traveling across the Northeast with ‘The ASGA Roadshow,’ using Striped Bass films— including Costa sponsored films like ‘Hard Lined’ and ‘Running The Coast’ – community discussions, industry raffles and boisterous events to educate communities for a critical Amendment 7 comment period, initiated by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The effort culminated with a historic 1,000+ individual public comment emails submitted in support of proactive, resource-forward management.


THE GUIDE POST, PRESENTED BY COSTA A platform to broadcast messaging and have thought-provoking conversations with policymakers and stakeholders working to protect our fisheries, Costa presents ASGA’s Guide Post podcast. Officially launching in March 2021 and releasing 83 episodes to date, this hub of fish stories and policy updates has quickly gained momentum and become a go-to source for invested anglers.

party each year, celebrating its community of industry partners, pros, and vendors, and announcing the prestigious ‘Costa’s Captain for Clean Water Steward of the Year Award’ Winner.

BACKCOUNTRY HUNTERS & ANGLERS (BHA) BHA seeks to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands, waters, and wildlife. BHA RENDEZVOUS Costa kicked off its partnership with BHA with the 2021 BHA Rendezvous and continued supporting the organization throughout the following year, including the 2022 Rendezvous. Like many of our partner events, BHA incorporated our Kick Plastic® program, replacing single-use water bottles with Costa Kick Plastic® cups.


AMERICAN SPORTFISHING ASSOCIATION (ASA) Leading the way for 90 years, ASA is the sportfishing industry's trade association committed to representing the interests of the entire sportfishing community. ICAST As an extension of Costa’s support of ASA, the Costa team shows up in full force every July in Orlando, Florida for the industry’s largest event, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). Holding a reputation as “the place to be on Thursday night of ICAST,” Costa also hosts an exclusive ICAST


The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization led by a volunteer board of directors and is dedicated to celebrating, promoting and preserving the sport of bass fishing.

BILLION OYSTER PROJECT Billion Oyster Project is a New York City-based nonprofit organization with the goal of restoring one billion oysters to the New York Harbor by 2035. BILLION OYSTER PARTY Costa began its partnership with Billion Oyster Project as a way to reach a new audience outside of the endemic fishing community that’s just as passionate about protecting the same watery world we are. Never missing an excuse to party (and enjoy oysters), the Costa team attended the organization’s biggest event of the year in

2021 and 2022, the Billion Oyster Party, to help raise funds and awareness for the local oyster restoration project.

BIMINI BIOLOGICAL FIELD STATION FOUNDATION (BIMINI SHARK LAB) The mission of the Bimini Shark Lab is to advance knowledge and awareness of sharks, rays, and other marine species. 2022 FALL OPTICAL SHOOT Summer 2022, Costa Sunglasses traveled to Bimini to highlight the Bimini Shark Lab in their 2022 fall optical shoot and campaign.

The project began in 2011 as a dart-tagging study, relying on scientists and guides, to tag fish and record recaptures as a way to determine if Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) creation of the Special Permit Zone (SPZ) in 2011 was providing effective management. With more than 1,000 Permit dart-tagged, and results showing that only a couple of Keys’ Permit were recaptured outside the SPZ, the study proved that the SPZ was large enough to protect the Keys’ fishery. The next step in Project Permit was to understand Permit movements and habitat use. In this study, more than 150 Permit were outfitted with acoustic tags that enabled scientists to track Permit movements. One of the most important takeaways from this project, which occurred from 2013-2019, was that nearly 70 percent of Lower Keys flats Permit migrate to Western Dry Rocks (WDR) to spawn. These findings informed the 2018 expansion of the SPZ’s Permit spawning season closure to include the month of April, and the FWC’s 2021 decision to establish a no-fishing closure at the site to protect vulnerable Permit and other species during their spawning season.

BONEFISH & TARPON TRUST (BTT) BTT's mission is to conserve Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit — the species, their habitats, and the larger fisheries they comprise. PROJECT PERMIT Project Permit is a more than decade-long Permit conservation program funded by Costa, with support from the Lower Keys Fishing Guides Association and the March Merkin Permit Tournament, that seeks to conserve and restore the Keys’ iconic Permit fishery. SPONSORSHIP & EVENTS Costa carries on its legacy as one of BTT’s longest brand sponsors as a Platinum Partner. In addition, Costa plays a role in their NYC and Florida Keys’ Awards Dinner & Ceremonies each year, and in 2022, was the presenting sponsor of BTT’s 7th International Science Symposium & Flats Expo (October 2022). The triennial event brought together stakeholders from across the world of flats fishing — anglers, guides, industry leaders, government agencies, scientists, artists and writers – to celebrate and advance conservation.


CAPTAINS FOR CLEAN WATER (CFCW) CFCW is a grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that fights to restore and protect Florida’s water resources.

“ We're convinced that if everyone knew about the issues impacting our waters they'd be lining up to protect them. That's where we come in."

- Captains for Clean Water

SPONSORSHIP CFCW serves the very waterways where Costa was born, where our brand roots run deep, and where so many Costa team members, pros and partners call home. As such, we’re proud to be a legacy partner and help advance their mission to restore the Everglades and protect Florida’s waters through awareness, education, outreach, and advocacy.

opposition against the bill. With more than 156,000 emails and 1,500 calls to legislators, 50,000 petition signatures, and several middle-of-the-night emergency trips to the State Capitol to publicly oppose SB2508, the bill was vetoed in a landmark moment for clean water.

“When we realized the severity of SB2508, I immediately started rallying the troops to head to Tallahassee the next day. I knew we didn’t have time to spare, and our community of guides knew the value of sacrificing a day's pay on the water to jump into action. We had 100+ captains and guides driving and flying in from all over the state on multiple occasions, and Costa was there every step of the way to help make it possible. Without hesitation Costa helped cover travel costs. Costa teammates sat in the Senate fighting and testifying alongside us, and Costa used their platform to help generate support across the industry.” - Capt. Daniel Andrews, Captains For Clean Water Executive Director and Co-Founder

Since their inception in 2016, this small organization of local fishing guides have capitalized on grassroots efforts to make huge strides in political ground and getting the outdoor industry (and beyond) on board in the fight for clean water. SB2508 February 2022, the Florida Senate filed Senate Bill 2508, a dangerous piece of legislation that posed a major threat to Everglades restoration and clean-water progress. (The bill would have undone years of progress and guaranteed more harmful discharges to the coasts, more toxic algae, less water to the Everglades, and incalculable economic and environmental losses that harm all Floridians.) CFCW acted immediately, organizing grassroots efforts and leading a groundswell of


HURRICANE IAN Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28, 2022 as a Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to Southwest Florida, home to many Costa partners and pros. Being in the heart of the storm, and despite some losing their own homes, it was no surprise that CFCW advocates were some of the first on the scene. Costa was honored to follow their lead and support as they set up drop sites for critical supplies, cleared debris, and delivered food and water to families in need.

“ Fishing guides don’t wait for someone else

to take the lead on how to fix a problem, we get to work and do what needs to be done. Hurricane relief isn’t what our organization was created to do, but since this directly impacted the people that fight with us for clean water, it was our turn to fight for them– and Costa gets that. Always a phone call away, Costa has been on the ground alongside us to help with emergency relief efforts since day one. We’re incredibly grateful for their ongoing support, and know that together, we will continue to rebuild this devastated fishing community.”

sense of normalcy, productivity, and a day’s pay, since many were out of work due to the storm. Select individuals responding to the call to help with Hurricane Ian relief efforts were acknowledged at the 2022 CFCW Restore Gala, including Costa’s very own, Capt. Nick Jones.

- Capt. Chris Wittman, Captains for Clean Water Co-Founder

STEWARD OF THE YEAR AWARD In 2018, Costa partnered with CFCW to create ‘Costa’s Captain for Clean Water Steward of the Year Award”. Announced at Costa’s annual ICAST party, the award acknowledges individuals in the industry who are using their platforms to bring awareness to Florida’s water quality issues. Shortly following, CFCW established the Captains for Clean Water’s Emergency Disaster Relief Fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian get back on their feet. Costa announced a $50,000 donation to the fund at the CFCW annual Restore Gala in November 2022.

In 2021, Costa Pro Capt. Carter Andrews was the recipient, and in 2022, Costa’s longest tenured Pro Capt. Flip Pallot received the honor.

That same week, in addition to attending the CFCW Industry Summit, Costa hired Southwest Florida fishing guides for a day of hurricane cleanup, and to provide a

EVENT SUPPORT Over the last two years, Costa has supported all of CFCW's guide events, including Guide Rendezvous, Skiff Challenges, Restore Galas and the inaugural Industry Summit in 2022.


CAST HOPE Cast Hope exists to provide outdoor experiences to atrisk and underserved youth via the sport of fly-fishing. PRO INVOLVEMENT Cast Hope wouldn’t be possible without the involvement of several of our Costa Pros, including Costa Pro Chuck Ragan, who headlined the 2022 Cast Hope Benefit Concert Series, sponsored by Costa.

CASTING FOR RECOVERY (CFR) The mission of CfR is to enhance the lives of women with breast cancer by connecting them to each other and nature through the therapeutic sport of fly-fishing. EVENTS Costa supported CfR’s largest fundraising event, Cast One for Hope in 2021, and the first annual Cast One: Home Waters fundraising event in 2022. By providing reusable Kick Plastic® water bottles and resources for all CfR events, Costa helps the organization minimize their environmental impact, while inspiring attendees to become better stewards of the environment. CfR’s 2022 Drift Boat Drive In Event in Bozeman previewed Costa Films™, ‘On Flats & Family.’

CENTER FOR SPORTFISHING POLICY The Center for Sportfishing Policy represents the nation’s saltwater recreational fishing industry by organizing, focusing and engaging stakeholders to speak with one voice to shape federal marine fisheries management policy.


STAR TOURNAMENT A relationship spanning over two decades, Costa has contributed to the conservation efforts of CCA’s local, state and national chapters. As a sponsor of CCA’s STAR fishing tournaments, Costa hosts the Kick Plastic® Trash Division, allowing both anglers and non-anglers to compete by collecting trash and debris.

DOLPHINFISH RESEARCH PROGRAM The Dolphinfish Research Program is the world's largest fishermen-driven investigation of the life history, movements, and population dynamics of Dolphinfish.

FLORIDA KEYS FISHING GUIDES ASSOCIATION (FKFGA) A pioneer in conservation since 1956, the FKFGA is a non-profit organization of professional fishing guides committed to preserve and protect the fisheries and other natural resources of the Florida Keys and Everglades. SWAMP GUIDES BALL Recognizing the important work of FKFGA to advocate and protect our Florida Keys’ fishery, and the role its Swamp Guides Ball plays in the Keys and angling community, Costa served as the 2021 and 2022 presenting sponsor of the FKFGA Swamp Guides Ball Fishing Tournament. In addition to the sponsorship, Costa activated at the events and had team members and pros competing.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS OUTDOORS~ Freedom Fighters Outdoors exists to raise awareness and seek public aid for needs, services and activities for injured veterans.

As a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, Charleston Waterkeeper defends and restores Charleston’s waterways to keep them healthy, without pollution, and protected by a community of active clean water stewards. 2022 REVEL ON THE RIVER For their Revel on the River event in November 2022, Costa supported Charleston Waterkeeper as the “Eyes on the Water” partner.

COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (CCA) CCA works to ensure the health and conservation of our marine resources and anglers’ access to them.


Costa’s Freedom Series of patriotic-themed sunglasses raises awareness for Freedom Fighter Outdoors.

FRIENDS OF RESERVOIRS + Friends of Reservoirs is a coalition of local citizen groups dedicated to improving fish habitat in reservoir systems.

FRIENDS OF THE UPPER DELAWARE RIVER The mission of Friends of the Upper Delaware River is to protect and restore the Upper Delaware River watershed for the benefit of local economies, communities, people, and the environment. ONE BUG Supported by Costa, each year, Friends of the Upper Delaware River hosts a weekend-long “One Bug” fly-fishing tournament, which kicks off the spring trout season. This event is a great opportunity for Costa and its brand partners to come together to experience the fishery and show their upport for a local cause.

HERMAN LUCERNE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION (HLM) HLM is an organization of passionate anglers and citizens, dedicated to protecting the ecosystems and unique angler experiences of the Everglades and Florida Bay.

presenting sponsor of all benefitting events, including the Trash Bash, Biscayne Legends Classic, Tarpon Cup, and most notably, the Backcountry Championship.

INTERNATIONAL GAME FISH ASSOCIATION (IGFA)^ IGFA is committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible and ethical angling practices. PARTNERSHIP Not only is IGFA the official record keepers and rule makers of sportfishing since 1939, the non-profit organization is also a global leader in the conservation of game fish and the education of youth anglers. Costa has been a long-time supporter of IGFA and its efforts to ensure recreational anglers are represented at local, national and international levels, and that the game fish we revere are sustainably managed for future generations. INTERNATIONAL GREAT MARLIN RACE (IGMR) As part of that ongoing commitment, Costa is the presenting sponsor of the IGMR. Recreational anglers, armed with cutting-edge satellite tag technology, become citizen scientists and deploy tags on the billfish they catch. These tags transmit data to researchers who learn more about billfish biology and how the fish interact with their habitat. Understanding where these animals go and how they utilize their habitat provides invaluable data to scientists and resource managers to help ensure long-term billfish conservation. The IGMR has fundamentally changed the way that scientists, anglers, and policymakers understand billfish. Three satellite tags used in Costa’s inaugural Marlin Fly Project tagging mission (December 2022) were part of the IGMR.

HLM TOURNAMENTS As part of Costa’s strategy to protect and positively impact our Florida Keys’ fisheries and waterways, Costa values its partnerships with local mission-aligned organizations like HLM. As an extension of our ongoing partnership with HLM and our commitment to the surrounding community, Costa shows up (and our teams show out) as the

SUPPORT Additionally, Costa is a primary sponsor of IGFA’s core tournaments (Light Tackle Open, Mediterranean Championship, Permit Invitational, SoCal Swordfish Open), and supports their Passports to Fishing Program - a global youth education initiative teaching kids around the world to fish.

INDIFLY ^ Indifly's mission is to bring attention to some of the world's most pristine yet at-risk fisheries, leveraging the


passion of the fly angler and powering free enterprise to transform these indigenous homelands into sustainable, world-class fishing destinations.

Wind River Inter-Tribal Council unanimously approved the project. In partnership with Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes Fish & Game, the effort to empower the community and create sustainable livelihoods on the Reservation is well underway. Costa continued their commitment to Indifly and the Wind River Project with a donation of $50,000 in both 2021 and 2022 to further these efforts. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT Bringing awareness to the project, Costa Films™ produced ‘Indifly: Wind River’ which launched in January 2022, and in August 2022, Costa hosted a media trip to garner coverage with national and broad market media outlets.

WIND RIVER Indifly was born out of a Costa-led project to help a village deep in the heart of Guyana’s rainforest develop a fly-fishing ecotourism business. Costa’s bold effort spawned an organization with a vision of sustainable local economies that empower communities to conserve natural resources and a world in which indigenous peoples are empowered and inspired by entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship. With successful projects currently operating at Rewa Eco-Lodge in Guyana and in Anaa, French Polynesia, Indifly began its first domestic project in the United States. Home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes, the Wind River Indian Reservation is one of the most spectacular wild and remote places in the lower 48. The 2.3 million acre reservation includes more than 1,100 miles of streams and 265 lakes. Rich in culture, history, and natural resources, the residents of Wind River face many challenges to protect their pristine resources including barriers to youth engagement in the outdoors, limited management and enforcement resources, and an unemployment rate of more than 70 percent. So far, Indifly has invested many years on the Reservation learning about the culture of each Tribe, developing relationships built on trust, and assessing viability of an Indifly project. During this time, Indifly successfully developed key relationships, and in October 2018, the


JOHNNY MORRIS CONSERVATIONFOUNDATION + The Johnny Morris Conservation Foundation is one of the most significant conservation foundations in North America, with a passion for advancing conservation by honoring the traditions of hunting and fishing.

JOSE WEJEBE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION~ The mission of the Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation is to honor Costa Pro Jose Wejebe’s legacy by matching his passion for conservation, education, and making fishing dreams come true.

JOSE PRO LAUNCH In 2022, Costa added Jose PRO to its PRO Series line of best-selling sunglasses. Named in honor of one of the original Costa Pros, legendary waterman and largerthan-life personality, Jose Wejebe, Jose PRO was built off the original Jose frame design with six performance additions to help anglers stay on the water longer.

As part of the frame launch, Costa also released limited

nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats for current

edition ‘Spanish Fly’ (Jose’s famous television show)

and future generations.

apparel and produced Costa Films™ ‘Open Waters’ to highlight Jose and his contributions to the


angling community.

Supported by Costa since its inception, OCEARCH®


conducts research expeditions to gather critical data to save sharks, and by extension, the oceans we all love.

Keep Fish Wet promotes the use of science-based best practices to catch, handle, and release fish, creating a supportive community for learning and sharing best practices for catch-and-release.

LOWER KEYS GUIDES ASSOCIATION (LKGA) LKGA is a non-profit organization of professional fishing guides dedicated to working for a sustainable resource through wise management practices, while recognizing the importance of sportfishing to the economy and cultural heritage of the Florida Keys. LKGA TOURNAMENTS To further Costa’s commitment to the Keys, and specifically Key West, Costa established an annual partnership with LKGA to not only sponsor their grassroots events and tournaments, including the annual Trash Cleanup, March Merkin Tournament, and Sugarloaf Showdown, but also to support their network of established guides using their voice to protect their local fisheries and waterways.

20 YEAR PARTNERSHIP Supporting the organization since inception, Costa officially celebrated its 20 year partnership with OCEARCH® in 2022. This means Costa has joined OCEARCH® in 44 successful expeditions, studying nearly 450 sharks around the world. COSTA NAMED SHARKS In 2016, OCEARCH® named a 1,168-pound, 12-foot, mature female Great White Shark satellite tagged off the coast of Nantucket, “Miss Costa,” to honor its long-time friendship with Costa Sunglasses. Today, “Miss Costa” is still going strong and continues to ping, traveling from the North Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, Costa has helped OCEARCH® name three more sharks for tracking and educational purposes — “Ferg,” after our late founder Ray “Ferg” Ferguson, “Santiago,” in honor of our Untangled™ Collection, and “Ormond” to celebrate the brand’s 40th Anniversary and pay tribute to where Costa got its start in Ormond Beach, Florida.



The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is

apparel in 2016. Each purchase from Costa’s OCEARCH®

dedicated to sustaining, restoring, and enhancing the

Costa + OCEARCH® launched a co-branded line of expedition tested and shark-inspired sunglasses and collection helps fund shark research expeditions that


generate critical data to protect the balance keepers

port of their work, Costa helps out with their community

of the ocean ecosystem.

events, including sponsoring (and competing) in the annual Waterman Fly Fishing Tournament.

THE BILLFISH FOUNDATION (TBF) ^ TBF aims to advance the conservation and responsible management of billfish and associated species through research, education and advocacy.

SWEEPSTAKES Through the 2022 ‘Meet a Shark’ Sweepstakes, OCEARCH® gave away the opportunity for one winner to join them on a shark research expedition, as well as

PARTNERSHIP From the beginning, Costa has developed meaningful partnerships with mission-aligned organizations like The Billfish Foundation. TBF is recognized globally for its emphasis on synthesizing science and policy into effective, yet reasonable, fishery management solutions that are good for the fish, but not punitive to recreational anglers.


As leading scientists in their field of study, Costa relies heavily on the expertise and insight TBF provides when it comes to new and established tournament support as well as encouraging and educating anglers on ethical

Rock the Ocean brings awareness to issues impacting

sportfishing practices.

multiple prize packages from Costa Sunglasses.

the world’s oceans and supports scientific research, education and ocean conservation initiatives through benefit concerts, brand partnerships, and entertainment industry events. TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival was created to generate awareness and raise funds for ocean conservation. In addition to donating, Costa helps “rock the ocean” by participating in the Festival’s notorious Conservation Village in conjunction with partners The Billfish Foundation and OCEARCH®.


TAGGING PROGRAM Costa is proud to be a longtime supporter of TBF’s

As a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, Tampa Bay

traditional tagging research program, which has helped

Waterkeeper works to improve, protect, and preserve

transform the billfish fishery from catch and kill, to

Tampa Bay’s watershed through citizen engagement

catch, tag and release. The science and data TBF

and community action rooted in sound science and

captures not only allows advocacy for responsible and


effective management of billfish and their ecosystems, but also raises the awareness (and importance) of


sportfishing to the coastal communities we call home.

Taking on the fight for clean water along Florida’s west


coast, Tampa Bay Waterkeeper is made up of water

Costa appreciates TBF’s community-based science

quality advocates sharing Costa's core values. In sup-

approach to include all levels of billfish enthusiasts

(boat owners, recreational anglers, captains, mates, lodges, and brands) to advance billfish conservation. Costa joins TBF to celebrate this special community at TBF’s Tag & Release Ceremony, held each year during

TROUT UNLIMITED (TU) TU brings together diverse interests to care for and recover rivers and streams, so our children can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon.

the Miami International Boat Show. Furthering their commitment to community-based science initiatives, TBF donated seven satellite tags and played an integral role in the development and success of Costa’s inaugural Marlin Fly Project.

THE OCEAN FOUNDATION As the only community foundation for the ocean, The Ocean Foundation is dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP (TRCP) TRCP is the largest coalition of conservation organizations in the country, uniting the voices of sportsmen and women, conservation organizations and businesses to a common purpose. PARTNERSHIP Costa’s relationship with TRCP positions the brand as

Costa has been a long-time supporter of TU, aiding in their mission to bring together communities across America to repair and renew the rivers, streams and other waters on which we all depend. Whether that means lending a hand with chapter, regional or national projects, coming together to advocate for the protection of valuable fisheries like Bristol Bay, or helping the organization Kick Plastic® at national events like CX3, Costa is proud to be a part of the largest coldwater conservation organization in the US.


HEADWATERS PROGRAM More notably, Costa places a special emphasis on championing TU’s Headwaters Youth Program to build up the next generation of river stewards and conservation-minded anglers. Costa holds a seat on the Headwaters Board, and in 2014, the partnership led to the creation of the TU Costa 5 Rivers program. One of

Costa has held a seat on TRCP’s Corporate Council,

Costa’s core programs, TU Costa 5 Rivers is a nationwide

among other like-minded brands, since its inception in

network of conservation-minded college fly-fishing clubs,

a leader in conservation in the outdoor industry, and unites us to their vast network of more than 125,000 sportsmen and women, 62 conservation organizations, and scores of corporate sponsors.

2016. With the backing of Costa, the Corporate Council

with 75 clubs and more than 2,500 collegiate members.

was established to engage and educate companies in current policy issues; provide industry perspective to TRCP and its partners; and to create a collective voice for educating policy makers, corporate America and individuals about conservation. In addition to council meetings and TRCP Summits throughout the year, Costa travels to Washington, DC each spring to sponsor and attend TRCP’s Annual Capital Conservation Awards Dinner.




Social by nature, we share pursuits and stories that bring people together. While we’re out exploring the world, we inevitably create and find unique stories along the way worthy of capturing on film. The kind of stories that reveal our passions, unite those of us that need water to breathe, and inspire us to leave the world a better place.

are we driven by the water. Although we are flung

Costa Films™ weave powerful stories of conservation and experience through adventure, and the friendships we forge along the journey. Over the last two years, we’ve produced more than 25 Costa Films™ that underscore our pillars to EXPLORE, PERFORM, PROTECT. Life is rugged, imperfect, natural, and real, and we embrace every part of it while discovering more of ourselves in the process.

Spending 32 years fishing the clear waters in Jackson

BOUND BY BLUE Anglers, divers, surfers and explorers...just as the moon pulls the tides of our great oceans, so, too, far and wide across the sandy shores and rocky coastlines of our planet, at our core we remain bound by blue. We set out to test our products with some of the top anglers in their respective fisheries, but we came back with a much greater takeaway than anticipated.

CLEAN WATER STEWARD OF THE YEAR AWARD: CAPT. CARTER ANDREWS Hole, Wyoming, Costa Pro Capt. Carter Andrews is now faced with trash and water quality issues in his home waters off Vero Beach, Florida. Not only is Andrews known as a world-traveling angler, guide, and tv personality, but more notably, for his undeniable passion for our waters and the marine life in it. In this Costa Films™ original, 2021 ‘Costa’s Captain for Clean Water Steward of

But it doesn’t stop with the work we produce. In 2021 and 2022, we continued partnering with talented filmmakers and organizations to fund films that align with our values and feature stories worth bringing to life. And further, we honored and shared those films with the world through sponsored film events like the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) (shown in 180+ cities worldwide plus online) and The Drake Awards (highlighting the best films in fly-fishing).

the Year Award’ Winner, Capt. Carter Andrews discusses the importance of eliminating single-use plastics for our oceans, and how his initiative #OnePieceADay is inspiring others to leave our waterways better than they found them.

KEY: ~ 2021 Wasatch Mountain Film Social Awareness Award Winner *2022 Drake Award Winner +2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) Film

CLEAN WATER STEWARD OF THE YEAR AWARD: CAPT. FLIP PALLOT Help us celebrate an icon of the outdoor industry. While many know Capt. Flip Pallot for his years hosting ‘Walker’s Cay Chronicles,’ the biggest impact Flip has


made during his illustrious life on the water is through his


work to protect our resources. Flip’s commitment to our

‘Hooked On: Redfish’ takes viewers on a fishing road trip from the outer banks of the coastal Mid-Atlantic to the famed Laguna Madre of the Lone Star State. At each destination, you'll hear from local guides on what their area has to offer, and what strategies they employ to find success on the water; but beyond merely covering areas and tactics, 'Hooked On: Redfish' gives viewers a taste of the regional fishing subculture revolving around America's most beloved inshore gamefish.

waters, lands and their inhabitants has grown stronger and louder every year – setting an example for the next generation of coastal explorers and conservationists. Costa and Captains for Clean Water are proud to honor Capt. Flip Pallot as the 2022 ‘Costa’s Captain for Clean Water Steward of the Year Award’ Winner.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS OUTDOORS How Water Holds Us Up ‘How Water Holds Us Up’ depicts the healing nature of time spent on the water and highlights the amazing work of non-profit organization, Freedom Fighter Outdoors. Founded by Capt. Vinnie LaSorsa, Freedom Fighter Outdoors serves those who have served us – providing the opportunity for injured servicemen and women to experience camaraderie and the calming serenity of the ocean through guided fishing trips. Costa is proud to partner with Freedom Fighter Outdoors in their mission, and through its line of Freedom Series sunglasses, featuring frame styles inspired by patriotic themes.

HOOKED ON Bluefin “They're the biggest, baddest fish in the ocean. They will break your heart, they will break your soul, they will break your back, they’ll break your gear. It’s an emotional rollercoaster.” Costa Films™ ‘Hooked On: Bluefin’ unpacks the centuries-old culture of fishing for Bluefin Tuna — one of the most highly-valued gamefish on the planet. A coast-to-coast adventure, this film explores everything it takes to bring one of these mighty fish from ocean to table. Hook in for a ride on this Costa Films™ original production.


Wind RiVer Indifly utilizes fly-fishing ecotourism to provide sustainable jobs, community-wide economic growth and incentives for the protection of indigenous homelands and fisheries. Indifly’s first U.S.-based project aims to protect the Wind River Indian Reservation, one of the last pristine places in the lower 48, while providing much needed jobs for its residents.


Wollaston Lake Lodge Wollaston Lake Lodge, located in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, offers one of the finest fishing experiences in North America and recently went all-in on their Kick Plastic® program by eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles at the lodge.

ON FLATS & FAMILY: The Cyr Brothers

Costa Films™ ‘On Flats & Family’ explores the legacy of fourth-generation Florida Keys fishing guides Capt. Brandon Cyr and Capt. Jared Cyr. Born and raised Conchs, their family-first mentality and dedication to guiding forms a bond that transcends that between most brothers. “Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”


ONE WATER Costa Films™ presents 'One Water' — a film exploring the reality that we are all connected by water, regardless of where we live. This makes us all equally responsible for protecting the water. Costa Pros Hilary Hutcheson, Oliver White and Capt. Brandon Cyr share their unique perspectives on this shared resource and responsibility, as well as how we can all help. “Start small. Start local. Just start.”

share the story of Larry and Blane’s unique bond, as well as the one they share with the future generation inheriting their craft. After all, some bonds are thicker than blood.

OPEN WATERS Costa Films™ presents Jose PRO in its latest release, 'Open Waters', honoring legendary waterman and largerthan-life personality, Jose Wejebe. One of the first to join Costa’s pro staff, Jose broke barriers in the angling community. He saw the angler in everyone, even those who had never fished before, and he grew the community, making it a more welcoming place. As part of Costa’s PRO Series of best-selling performance sunglasses, Jose PRO builds off the original design with six performance additions to help anglers stay on the water longer. In this Costa original, some of those closest to Jose share his inspiration and lasting impact, as we continue in his footsteps and encourage others to do the same.

COSTA SPONSORED FILMS EVERYONE IN BETWEEN* The fight to save two national treasures, Bristol Bay, Alaska and Florida’s Everglades. Two national treasures thousands of miles apart with one thing in common: the possibility of losing them both. Together with Trout Unlimited, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and the outdoor community, Captains for Clean Water presents ‘Everyone In Between’, a short film exploring the value, wonder and threats to these bucket list fisheries through the eyes of fishing guide, Capt. John Landry. Watch the full film and discover why wild places like these are worth fighting for.


THE TIES THAT BIND For some, fishing is a game of luck. For others, it’s about strategy, probability and tactical execution of a well-laid plan. ‘The Ties that Bind’ explores the connection between Blane Chocklett and Larry Dahlberg — two masters of a highly cerebral approach to angling. Countless hours on the water have taught these two the importance of innovation, persistence and the multi-generational inheritance of passion and knowledge. We’re proud to


Every year, a migration of epic proportions takes place along the Eastern Seaboard of America. From the Carolinas to Canada, anglers flock to the rocky coastlines, estuaries, rivers and inshore waters to target one of America’s most iconic gamefish — the Striped Bass. Despite its popularity and significance to the coastal communities in the Northeast, the fishery is once again in major jeopardy. The last time this happened, we witnessed one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time, restoring the stock to astronomical numbers. Today, the question on everyone’s mind, can we do it again?

MIGHTY WATERS*+~ Every island in the Bahamian chain has its own unique character, charm and draw. One of the most overshadowed is also one of the smallest – and it is home to a man

whose life-long dedication to justice and equality inspired one of the most significant civil rights leaders in history. Born and raised on the island of Bimini, Ansil Saunders is not only one of the most revered guides in the Bahamas, he’s a Bonefish legend. Unlike the skinny waters that surround his island home, Ansil’s story runs deep. Cold Collaborative filmmaker Shannon Vandivier set forth with a clear and concise objective: to depict the life and philosophy of a living legend. Ansil’s humble, modest and unassuming nature kept his story confined for far too long and for this reason, Vandivier felt overwhelmingly compelled to tell it. 'Mighty Waters' brings this story to life as a real-world example of how powerful change can come from the smallest, most unassuming places.

The paramount social happening of the annual trade show, The Drake Awards celebrates the best of the best films in the fly-fishing industry.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) As the inaugural sponsor of F3T — a traveling roadshow of the best fly-fishing films in the world — Costa continued its ongoing support as a presenting sponsor in 2021 and 2022. More than just films on a screen in hometowns across the United States and beyond, F3T shows aim to create community, and inspire, encourage and support conservation efforts worldwide. A combined 10 Costa sponsored films were selected for F3T in 2021 and 2022.

PROJECT PERMIT: A PATHWAY FOR PERMIT Narrated by Costa Pro Capt. Flip Pallot, 'A Pathway for Permit' tells the story of the collaborative efforts of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Costa and fishing guides to conserve and protect the Florida Keys’ iconic Permit fishery and provide the information resource managers need to better manage the fishery.

The Drake Awards


In 2022, Costa continued its sponsorship of the 15th Annual Drake Fly-fishing Video Awards at IFTD.


SUPPORTING THE GLOBAL GOALS The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Costa’s sustainability initiatives, combined with the work of its many cause partners and parent company EssilorLuxottica’s directives, touch on all 17 Global Goals. Of late, our brand’s commitment to protect the watery world aligned most with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals.

COSTA RECEIVES RELX SDG CUSTOMER AWARD Spring 2022, Costa received the prestigious SDG Customer Award from RELX for our ‘Untangle Our Oceans’ campaign. The RELX SDG Customer Award recognizes exceptional work from organizations that have made demonstrable contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


We actively support entrepreneurs and other small businesses including purchasing from local vendors, operators and artisans when on location for events and photoshoots. Costa also continues its support of Indifly, which it helped launch in 2014, to enable Indigenous communities to own and operate fly-fishing ecotourism businesses. These businesses provide sustainable livelihoods, generate community-wide economic benefits, and create incentives for the protection of Indigenous homelands across the globe.

Costa’s parent company EssilorLuxottica’s Global Sustainability Committee, on which several Costa members serve, aims to set policies and practices around sustainability initiatives across the Company.

An integral part of our work is educating our partners, vendors, communities and ourselves about the heritage and history of the areas we advocate for and visit. We do this by listening to local experts and those who live in these areas. Much of Costa’s advocacy work supports inclusive, equitable and responsible access to waterways along with education about protecting these waterways for the next generation.

Whether through education or product development, one of our main efforts is to reduce the amount of plastic entering the waste stream. We encourage our local partners to reduce single-use plastic whenever possible, and are developing eyewear like our Untangled™ Collection, made from recycled fishing nets, to explore circularity in the products we manufacture.

Costa’s OneCoast initiative helps communities that have been devastated by hurricanes through financial support and boots on the ground cleanup efforts. In conjunction with IGFA, we’ve donated more than $275,000 through WARF to support recovery and restoration following natural disasters in Montana, the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean. To prepare for climate-related event impacts, Costa is training fishing guides to be first responders in their local communities. Costa is part of EssilorLuxottica, which has sustainability deeply rooted at its core. Its Eyes on The Planet sustainability program includes the Company’s commitment to climate change, and its first major step is to become carbon neutral in its direct operations (Scope 1 and 2) in Europe by 2023 and worldwide by 2025. In this respect, its operations in Italy and France became carbon neutral at the end of 2021.

Billions of people around the globe rely on our oceans, lakes, rivers and seas for their livelihood and their sustenance. Costa’s community calls these places home and depends on these marine and coastal spaces to fulfill their personal and professional lives. As a brand, and as individuals, we strive to sustainably use and conserve our planet’s precious resources. From sourcing recycled materials for our products, to encouraging fishing guides and outfitters to ditch single-use plastics in their operations, to participating in beach cleanups, to providing financial support to like-minded groups to further ocean conservation, Costa takes its commitment to protect the watery world seriously.

Costa’s cause partners also include organizations that work to conserve terrestrial and inland freshwater systems, protect natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and prevent the extinction of threatened species.


ESSILORLUXOTTICA SUSTAINABILITY CLIMATE TRANSITION Costa is part of EssilorLuxottica, which is on track to

to build a low carbon supply chain

reach carbon neutrality in its scope 1 & 2 emissions

+ S upporting carbon capture or carbon reduction

(direct operations) worldwide by 2025. The initiatives

projects beyond the value chain to contribute to

that the Company has put in place include:

the global carbon neutrality agenda

+ R egular reporting of GHG emissions for scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 emissions

+ U pdating its carbon footprint assessment to evaluate the Group’s overall GHG portfolio

+ O ptimizing its production process and equipment to continuously improve energy efficiency

+ I nvesting in renewable energy production

PRODUCT INNOVATION + CIRCULARITY EssilorLuxottica is making significant efforts across its entire production cycle, including a shift from fossil-based materials to bio-based materials, biodegradable materials, and products easier to recycle. The Company also aims to create circular products from the very start of the innovation

(e.g. solar and biomass heating systems) and

process using eco-design principles. To do so, it

purchase (e.g. Power Purchase Agreements),

nurtures key fundamental work streams such as:

maximizing the use of renewable energy where possible


+ T ackling CO2 emissions of logistics activities

+ I nvesting in breakthrough technologies

+ I ncreasing renewable content in its products + D eveloping eco-design with LCAs or in-house tools like the Sustainability Assessment Methodology (SAM) used in prescription lenses

+ I mproving process efficiencies to reduce waste generation and increasing recycling opportunities

SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING EssilorLuxottica Sustainability Reporting relies on an internal protocol that is aligned with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and is constantly updated to be compliant with evolving regulations. In its Sustainability Report, EssilorLuxottica also takes into consideration the global agenda of the

“ Sustainability is now at the core of

EssilorLuxottica. It’s both an essential part of the Company’s DNA and the key to continuing our history of corporate responsibility to help people see more and be more. In our program ‘Eyes on the Planet’, we combine prioritizing doing good for our employees, customers + communities with doing good for the planet. Costa’s UntangledTM Collection is made of recycled fishing nets and is a powerful example of developing products with a purpose for a cleaner ocean for generations to come.”

- Luca Balzarini, Product Sustainability Director

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and specific frameworks such as the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). For indicators on GHG emissions, the Company follows the GHG Protocol and the framework of the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC).



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