Inspiring Youth & Creating Leaders for a Salmon Economy

The Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy is a week long riverside course, which, through volunteer instructors, teaches fly-fishing, tying, customer service and guiding basics, river etiquette, leadership, conservation and fisheries management to the local youth of the Bristol Bay region of Alaska.

YDCCF has been proud to support the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy. The attached video tells the story of the Guide Academy and their efforts to ispire youth and create leaders for the salmon industry and economy.

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YDCCF Board Approves $45,500 & Announces New Partnership

The Board of YDCCF met on October 30, 2018 and approved another $45,500 for nine new grants to projects in Belize, California, Montana, and Washington. These newest grants are illustrative of YDCCF’s continued commitment to fisheries restoration, protection and education, and community assistance.  Groups funded include the Madison Conservation District in Ennis, Montana; the Wild Salmon Center in Portland Oregon; Gallatin Watershed Council in Bozeman, Montana; Montana Wilderness School in Bozeman, Montana; and Cast Hope in San Diego, California, among others.

In addition, the Board of YDCCF voted unanimously to launch a long term effort in partnership with the Bonefish Tarpon Trust. The effort, Project Belize, is an effort to identify important habitats and locations for conservation in Belize, and use this information to propose fisheries and habitat protections. The project will also help to establish an education program to build public support and understanding of the importance of the flats fishery and flats conservation to the country of Belize. 

YDCCF has also joined the newly formed the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries. The members of the coalition include: Oceana, Turneffe Atoll Trust, Belize Federation of Fishers, Belize Game Fish Association, Belize National Sport Fishing Association, and YDCCF, along with nearly all of the fishing lodges located throughout Belize. The goal of this coalition is to advocate for the phase out and banning of gillnets in Belize. 

Gillnets are indiscriminate and cause significant damage to Belize’s sport fishing industry – an industry providing 2500 – 3000 quality jobs and generating in excess of $100 million dollars annually for Belize’s economy. Gillnets have been banned in several countries and in the US in Florida.  Decision makers in these areas have realized that gillnets are both environmentally unsustainable and economically detrimental. 

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Youth Ecology and Wetlands Camp

YDCCF was proud to help support Lucas Bissett and Angler's Benefiting Louisiana's Estuaries (ABLE) to engage local students in environmental education programming that will encourage good environmental stewardship along the community's vulnerable coast. Students gained technical knowledge and hands-on experience regarding local fisheries and the coastal environment.

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Corinne Bird, LSU AgCenter extension associate for youth wetlands, prepares to teach a lesson on water turbidity during a 4-H wetlands camp at Chef Menteur Pass in Orleans Parish. The camp was held July 11-14 and taught the youth about ecosystems, wetland habitats, species diversity and food web relationships. Photo by Johnny Morgan/LSU AgCenter

Corinne Bird, LSU AgCenter extension associate for youth wetlands, prepares to teach a lesson on water turbidity during a 4-H wetlands camp at Chef Menteur Pass in Orleans Parish. The camp was held July 11-14 and taught the youth about ecosystems, wetland habitats, species diversity and food web relationships. Photo by Johnny Morgan/LSU AgCenter

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Permit Fishing supports the children of Punta Allen, Mexico

Over $12,000 will be given to the Punta Allen Primary School

The 4th Annual Ascension Bay Permit Tournament was held in Punta Allen, Mexico in May 2018.  This tournament is a wonderful way for anglers to participate in a great weekend of fishing and raise awareness and funding for the local primary school.  This is also a great example of anglers giving back to the communities that support their fishing. 

This event is supported by Thomas & Thomas, the Rockwell Foundation, and the Yellow Dog Community & Conservation Foundation. The tournament culminates with a dinner and auction to raise money to support the needs of the community and its children.  This year we are exciting to announce that the tournament raised roughly $10,000 and all funds will be allocated to projects benefitting the Punta Allen Primary School.

Over the years, the Ascension Bay Permit Tournament has provided support to the Punta Allen Primary School in a variety of ways including new computers and handicap equipment.  In 2017, the tournament and YDCCF provided funding to build four working restrooms (previously there was only one working toilet).  This year YDCCF awarded $2,500 and the tournament has raised an additional $10,000 for the schools.  These funds will support three key projects:  restore the roof of the palapa where the children eat lunch; convert a storage room to a computer classroom and purchase computers and other classroom equipment; and expand the landscaping and fill potholes in the road surrounding the school to improve the health and safety of the children.

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Hooked: Inspiring Youth, Creating Opportunity

YDCCF has been proud to support the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy with scholarship funding.  Their 2018 classes will begin this week and many students will receive new Orvis fly rods, and catch a fish in their world-class home rivers for the very first time.  They'll also learn customer service, first aid, how to shine in an interview and, perhaps most importantly, impart them with the confidence they’ll need to make a great guide or and see the opportunities that might lie ahead for them in the region’s recreation and tourism industry.  In celebration of of Ten Years of growth and success, and looking to the future of the program, the academy, with help from Fly Out, created a short film-- Hooked: Inspiring Youth, Creating Opportunity.  

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