Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the Bahamas National Trust have established the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund to benefit fishing guides, lodge staff and others in the Bahamas’ fishing industry who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the worst natural disaster in the nation’s history.
“Our success as an organization has been shaped in large part by our experience over the years in Abaco and Grand Bahama,” said BTT President and CEO Jim McDuffie. “We simply wouldn’t be the organization we are today without the Bahamas. This fund acknowledges the importance of our collaboration and friendship with guides, lodge staff, and others who have always been such great stewards of the Bahamas’ natural resources. We will do all that we can in partnership with BNT to aid the recovery efforts.”
The Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund will be multi-faceted, providing immediate support to relief efforts, followed by support of long-range recovery, including promoting the recreational fishing industry as guides and lodge staff return to work. Additionally, BTT and BNT will collaborate further on future efforts aimed at also addressing the needs of impacted natural areas.
“Fishing guides epitomize key natural resource users of areas impacted by Dorian, including in National Parks,” said Eric Carey, BNT Executive Director. “This effort is aimed at helping to get them back on the flats—with paying clients—and rebuilding their local economies, as soon as possible.”
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All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please contact BTT Director of Development Mark Rehbein with questions. He can be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone: 786-618-9479