YDCCF 2017 GRANTEES
Following is a snapshot of a few of the grants recently awarded.
Punta Allen Primary School
YDCCF awarded a grant to rebuild the local school bathrooms for the small fishing village of Punta Allen, Mexico. Punta Allen is located in Ascension Bay in the heart of the Si'an Ka'an biosphere, considered by many to be the finest flats fishing in the world for a grand slam. The school had only one bathroom with a working toilet. YDCCF supported the remodeling to provide four working restrooms and a cleaner, healthier and safer place for the children.
Wil Mehia and Toledo Exposure
YDCCF is supporting Wil Mehia and Toldeo Exposure to protect Belizean fisheries from illegal gillnet poaching. YDCCF provided funding to assist with monitoring and reporting of illegal gillnetting along the Guatemalan and Honduras borders, and to produce a video to compel legislators to make gillnets in Belize illegal. In 2017, Wil has helped to reduce illegal poaching, expose illegal fishing camps, gain media attention for the issue, and engage in meaningful discussion with the Belize Fisheries Administration. A video highlighting the need to ban gillnetting in Belize will be released in 2018.
University of Alabama University of Alabama - to complete a water quality analysis in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, Belize: a case study of human impacts on a diverse and critical marine landscape
YDCCF is supporting the University of Alabama and Brenna Sweetman to complete a water quality analysis in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, Belize: a case study of human impacts on a diverse and critical marine landscape. Brenna recently had the opportunity to discuss her research and the importance of water quality on PGTV - the local Punta Gorda TV station. This video also features grantee Wil Mahea (above) and Toledo Exposure.
Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and guide academy
YDCCF provided support to the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy in 2017 to bring together young leaders from rural Bristol Bay communities to get excited about fly fishing and learn about what is needed to pursue jobs in the region’s world-famous recreational fishing industry. Funding from YDCCF helps to provide full scholarships and equipment for the students. Since 2009, the Academy has graduated 117 students, 15% of whom are now working in guide jobs. The program continues to illustrate increased local employment and salmon stewardship on Bristol Bay’s rivers.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
For anglers, waterfowlers and other sportsmen, access to streams and waterways one of the most important factors in our participation in – and the perpetuation of – our storied outdoor traditions. Our access opportunities, however, are far from guaranteed. Efforts are underway to change existing stream access laws, which vary widely from state to state. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has been accelerating their engagement in the stream access fight, and in 2016 launched a national stream access campaign – Stream Access Now - to educate sportsmen and others about existing stream access laws and motivate them to get involved. YDCCF provided a grant to help develop a report detailing stream access laws in all 50 states.
Additional Grants have been made to the following organizations in 2017:
Felipe Alonso – Cuba Guide School: to teach kids fly fishing and the importance of the natural ecosystems.
Perry Institute for Marine Science, Bahamas: to help restore Sandy Creek
Ocean Academy, Caye Caulker, Belize: To help with infrastructure, equipment, and scholarships.
Crooked Island Redevelopment Fund, Crooked Island, Bahamas: to help rebuild the fishermen's harbor gazebo at Landrail Point which was destroyed by Hurricane Joaquin.
Guides Trust Foundation, Florida: Hurricane Relief for guides and their families affected by hurricane Irma.
Redside Foundation: to help provide support for Idaho's guiding community.
Bonefish E2"s Way: YDCCF helped to facilitate the building of a flats boat for E2 to help the company to improve their business and attract more anglers.
Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association: to provide information about the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.