Most of my esteemed fishing pals agree that it's hard to explain our incredible passion for angling in the shallows to others who have not been exposed and "given" to our sport. To be sure, our circle is but a subset of the many forms of recreation available to us. And unique to our niche of flats and back country angling, is the fragile nature of the ecosystem that we enjoy our sport within.
It occurred to me some 25 years back that if those within our small angler conservationist circle did not make a stand for the preservation of our beloved resource, then the diminishing fisheries and loss of habitat we were witnessing would become irreversible. It occurred to me that without our support, the fish tales to be regaled in the days to come were destined to be mere footnotes of past expeditions rather than of great memories created in our present and future days on the water.
For the past 25yrs, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust has been "Bringing Science to the Fight" by sharing the knowledge it has gained through its research initiatives, raising awareness through education and outreach programs and harnessing scientific outcomes as it's foremost tool for advocacy.
If you have read this far, it is likely because you share both the deep passion and concern that led to BTT's founding. You likely also understand that more science and advocacy will be needed to protect our fisheries for the remainder of our days and for the generations to come.
Our niche is small and our fundraising need for ongoing and future scientific initiatives is great.
I was very happy to see BTT launch its planned giving program last month and I am proud to say that I swiftly made BTT part of my Family's estate legacy. I hope and respectfully ask that you consider doing the same!
The future of our beloved sport is in our hands. Your support has and will continue to make a significant difference in the fishing legacy we leave to the generations that follow us.
Best Fishes Always,
Jeff Storm Harkavy
BTT Founding Member