Fish for Change is a refocus on who, how, and why we are fly-fishing
Connection – Education – Conservation – Exploration
To use fly-fishing as a platform to make the world a better place by uniting a diverse group of students in wild fisheries where they engage in a variety of initiatives that promote Connection, Education, Outreach, and Exploration.
Fish for Change originated in Guanaja, Honduras 8 years ago. The first mangroves were planted, first bags of trash gathered, and the first permit caught on the fly by a student. Since then, we’ve planted over 500,000 mangrove seeds, built a recycling/trash system for Mangrove Bight, spent countless hours in local classrooms teaching English, completed local art projects and caught life-changing fish.
Guanaja is one of the Bay Islands of Honduras and is part of the second largest reef in the world. Guanaja has 15,000 residents in three different villages. Even though Guanaja hosts some of the best snorkeling, diving, fishing, kite-surfing, and sea- kayaking in the world, there are very few jobs. Fly Fish Guanaja helps to provide jobs and an income that filters throughout this island community.
Fly Fish Guanaja works with a local a non-profit Mangrove Restoration Project. Hurricane Mitch in 1998 destroyed many of Guanaja’s mangrove forests. The symbiotic relationship between the mangroves and the reef make it paramount to helping this forest grow back. With students, volunteers, and fishing clients, Fly Fish Guanaja has planted over 300,000 mangrove shoots in the past 9 years and is already seeing the re-growth.
Students develop an appreciation for the environment by experiencing the fishery and exploring the ocean. They will even spend an afternoon with local fishermen, hunting and gathering from the ocean as the people of the islands have done as long as they have been there.
Immersion within the local community is a key aspect of Guanaja Student Programs. Students have a chance to teach English in the local schools and integrate themselves within the local culture. As well, alongside local children, students work on the growth of a beautiful art mosaic in town made up of a collection of recycled items from throughout the villages.
The Guanaja Sustainable Development Project is an opportunity for students to become immersed in foreign culture and environment while helping protect them. We hope to have you participating and growing with our program.
GUANAJA, HONDURAS 2019
JUly 13 – JULY 20
Accommodation – Fly Fish Guanaja