Whether you’re a hunter or fisherman, there are a slew of conservation organizations that work hard to protect the amazing resources you enjoy. Here are a few that I think you should know.
1. Bonefish and Tarpon Trust
The mission of Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is to conserve and restore bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and habitats around the world through research, stewardship, education and advocacy. Their team of scientists and anglers work together all over the Caribbean mapping and restoring habitat, tagging fish and lobbying for water quality and the protection of theses species.
2. Trout Unlimited
If you love trout, then you need to know Trout Unlimited. Founded in Michigan in 1959, Trout Unlimited today is a national non-profit organization with 300,000 members and supporters dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. Their network of volunteers work tirelessly on habitat restoration, protection and reconnection for trout and salmon.
3. Captains for Clean Water
Captains for Clean Water is an angler-driven organization that fights for water quality issues in the state of Florida, specifically Everglades restoration. Water is the lifeblood of Florida and these guys work extremely hard to improve its management. Through lobbying, education, awareness and boots on the ground when applicable they have made strides to restore the River of Grass.
4. The Billfish Foundation
If you’re into offshore fishing for pelagics, then there is no doubt in my mind that you’re familiar with the Billfish Foundation. Through scientific tagging studies and angler advocacy and education, they work across the globe to learn about and protect billfish – some of the ocean’s top predators.
There are tons of conservation organizations out there. Just because one isn’t listed here, doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. Do your research, (it’s why I left each paragraph a bit vague) and learn which organizations are fighting for you. If you enjoyed this post, then check out my most recent article, “Top Ten Fishing TV Shows”. Until next time, tight lines.