June 30, 2021
Blue Bonefish Lodge, located on the southern end of Ambergris Caye, Belize, has become a Gold Sponsor of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT), supporting BTT’s work to conserve the region’s flats fishery. Located only 4 miles south of San Pedro, Blue Bonefish Lodge is a hub for anglers in search of a picturesque spot to pursue bonefish, tarpon and permit.
“The Blue Bonefish Lodge is honored to be a sponsor, and work alongside Bonefish & Tarpon Trust!” said Chris Leeman, Managing Partner of Blue Bonefish Lodge. “We will continue to support education initiatives and contribute to the conservation and preservation of the flats habitat surrounding Ambergris Caye, Belize, for many years to come.”
Guests of the Blue Bonefish enjoy high-quality comfort and authentic Caribbean cuisine, all while looking out across the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Belize Barrier Reef. With a team of veteran guides, the lodge welcomes anglers of all experience levels to spend unforgettable days out on the beautiful flats that surround the island. Golf carts, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and bicycles are also available for guests who may want to spend time exploring the area—from land or by water.
The Blue Bonefish Lodge strives to support critical marine conservation efforts. In 2020 the lodge and its guides aided BTT in researching nearby bonefish pre-spawning aggregation sites and helped to facilitate educational programs on best fish handling and catch-and-practices. The results of this research will be used by BTT to advocate for the protection of bonefish spawning sites, which are vital to the health of Belize’s economically and culturally significant flats fishery.
To help advance conservation in Belize and neighboring Mexico, BTT and Blue Bonefish Lodge are collaborating on a new film produced by Silver Line Films that will bring awareness to the multitude of threats affecting catch-and-release fisheries across the Western Hemisphere. Focusing primarily on the impacts of over-water structures and dredging in protected areas, the film will also highlight BTT’s Belize Permit Tagging Project and proper handling techniques. This project would not be made possible without the generous contributions made by the Blue Bonefish Lodge.
“BTT’s research shows that spawning bonefish in Belize help sustain the species regionally, which benefits iconic flats in Belize, Mexico, and even the Florida Keys,” said Jim McDuffie, BTT President and CEO. “We appreciate Blue Bonefish Lodge’s generous support and commitment to conservation.”
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