Conservationist’s journey comes full circle
From intern to CEO, Toadfish Outfitters founder continues commitment to conservation
Columbia, SC– It was 10 years ago when Casey Davidson walked into the office of Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina (CCA SC) as an intern. Then a rising college senior, his interests lay in fisheries and marine conservation. Fast forward to 2017, and now-CEO Casey Davidson of Toadfish Outfitters has established a company committed to the coastal lifestyle and his dedication to marine conservation is just as strong as ever. With a $10,000 donation to CCA SC’s habitat efforts, Davidson and Toadfish Outfitters are continuing a partnership that began 10 years ago to further the organization’s work in oyster restoration and recycling.
“As a Beaufort native born and raised, my entire life focused around the saltwater estuaries in the Lowcountry,” said Davidson. “What a unique experience I had being able to see the work firsthand that CCA SC does and I never forgot that along my professional journey. I knew when I started Toadfish Outfitters that I wanted to be able to give back to the organization that I knew was mission focused and was in line with the corporate culture I want to create at Toadfish.”
As a company that will specialize in products built for the coastal lifestyle, Toadfish Outfitters has already built oyster recycling drop-off sites in Beaufort County and is now pledging to put proceeds from the sale of each product towards oyster habitat improvement. With a motto of “Shuck, Recycle, Rebuild,” Toadfish Outfitters is already living up to its vision of being a responsible corporate citizen.
“Very few of us are fortunate enough to know exactly how we want to make a difference in this world at a young age, but this young man certainly did. He has always been a true conservationist,” said Scott Whitaker, executive director of CCA SC. “Much like establishing a new oyster reef for future habitat growth and improvement, Casey established a new company and positioned it to contribute and promote the enhancement of the coastal environment he loves. We are extremely proud to be associated with Casey and Toadfish Outfitters, and look forward to a long, productive partnership.”