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Conservation: A win for Abaco fishermen

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.20.53 PM In light of the current controversy surrounding guiding, the flats fishery and radical proposals by two men to co–opt the entirety of the Bahamian fishery by threatening the international community of anglers, and second home owners with fines and jail time for guideless fishing from a boat; we thought some good Bahamian news was worthy.

Grassroots Movement

Growing concern for an area of near pristine tidal creeks and flats in South Abaco prompted a group of fishermen to take a stand for the area’s protection. Cross Harbour is one of the most isolated wetlands on Abaco, and a highly sought-after fly-fishing location. One of many logging camp sites utilized in the early to mid-1900s across Abaco, Cross Harbour currently sees little traffic aside from those hunters, fishermen, or naturalists seeking to enjoy its amazing natural resources.

Bahamas flats and channels. By NASA/Scott Kelly.

Bahamas flats and channels. By NASA/Scott Kelly.

In 2009, the Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association (AFFGA) applied for government protection of the tidal creeks and adjoining land at Cross Harbour. In partnership with Friends of the Environment, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and the Bahamas National Trust, AFFGA advocated for Cross Harbour’s protection and followed the proposal along its winding bureaucratic journey ensuring that it was never far from the thoughts of those who had the means to ensure its protection.

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