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New Bahamian FlyFishing Federation proposed

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Several bonefish guides from the islands of Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence have initiated a proposal to start a Bahamian Flyfishing Federation (BFF).

By Cindy Pinder - BahamaIslandsInfo.com

The proposed BFF will support the flyfishing industry by forming a national partnership with all industry stakeholders to promote the conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit populations as well as the habitats on which they depend.  The vision of the BFF is a Bahamas that is the best fly-fishing destination in the world for current and future generations to enjoy. 

The public is invited to participate in the formation of the Bahamian Flyfishing Federation, which will happen at the upcoming Bahamas Bonefish Conference October 4th and 5th, 2010 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.  This conference is being sponsored by the Bahamian Flats Fishing Alliance (a partnership between the Fisheries Conservation Foundation, Bahamas National Trust and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.)

Day one of the conference (10/4) is open to the public and will consist of presentations by scientists about bonefish biology, behavior, angling etc and will have lots of time for open discussion by everyone. 

Day two is being reserved exclusively for Bahamian guides and lodge owners to discuss the conservation needs and concerns of their industry and to launch the Bahamas Flyfishing Federation.

Everyone interested in bonefishing in the Bahamas is encourgaed to attend day one of this conference, and for all guides to stay for day two to help shape and launch the BFF.  There is no registration fee for the conference, and attendees can receive a special discounted room rate at the Sheraton (866-716-8196).

If you have questions concerning the Conference, please email the conference organizer, David Philipp at FCC@fishconserve.org.


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